Diary #26

ANGEL BEACH, 2009 — One day I had the sudden impulse to gather piles of finely ground bee pollen in the studio and cover myself in it.

It’s true!

Photo of Vaneeesa Blaylock, naked, covered in bright yellow bee pollen and standing with her arms stretched out

THE HAGUE, 2012 — Aww, this image was made in the downstairs studio of an apartment that Senban Babii and I rented from Webby Merlin. It was a 2-story bamboo place. Apartment upstairs. Just open deck downstairs. Webby sold the place a while back, “Angel Beach” is now “Cyberstar” a futuristic dance club. Times change.

Anyway, besides the bee pollen, this is the project where I invented the now ubiquitous “Vitruvian Woman” or “T-Pose.” It wasn’t a big deal at the time, I just wanted a very simple yet elegant way to display myself covered in pollen. Like all my work that pose was Creative Commons Attribution, so technically nobody “ripped me off,” still, it’s surprising how ubiquitous it’s become. Michael Jordan, Ironyca, Leonardo, everybody seems to want a piece of my action!

Michael Jordan photograph with arms outstretched and basketball held in one hand
Michael Jordan knocked off my pose, but he added a basketball, so that makes it a remix!
A white or "porcelain" untextured, but 3D modeled, avatar character by Ironyca
After Jordan, Ironyca invented this character and put him in my Vitruvian Woman pose.
Detail of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man
Leonardo used his “time machine” to take my work to the past & claim it as his own. No attribution for me.
Image of Vaneeesa Blaylock, naked, arms extended, reminiscent of Leonard's Vitruvian Man
My name is Vaneeesa Blaylock: I Rez, Therefore I Am.
As a virtual public artist my work invites avatar communities to express their identity, explore their culture, and demand their civil rights.

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