Author: Kristine Schomaker

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.
 0 Comment on Perception, projection, reflection
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Perception, projection, reflection

Quan Lavander invited me to participate in a show at the Art India Gallery in Second Life…

 2 Comments on Untitled by Gracie Kendal (an article about the artistic process…kinda)
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Untitled by Gracie Kendal (an article about the artistic process…kinda)

I think I just realized why so many artists don’t title their work. It’s damn hard!! I…

photo of about a dozen similar looking male avatars all dressed in black
 5 Comments on Open call to participate in a study on avatar identity through USC!!
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Open call to participate in a study on avatar identity through USC!!

A friend of mine at USC in California is doing an avatar identity study. He only needs…

 3 Comments on On being delightful…
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On being delightful…

“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who…

 3 Comments on Building a community
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Building a community

You know, I have been thinking about community a  lot lately. A few weeks ago, Vaneeesa posted…

 3 Comments on Persuasion
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Kat just wrote a great post about body identity and stereotypes amongst avatars in SL. It’s funny….

 6 Comments on The right question
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The right question

I need your help. I am putting together a real life performance using Second Life and I…

 5 Comments on Open call for avatars for “Second Skin” a performance art piece
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Open call for avatars for “Second Skin” a performance art piece

This is an open call for avatars. I am putting on a Second Life > Real Life…

 11 Comments on This is my body!!
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This is my body!!

I have been completely exhausted lately, so haven’t had a chance to post anything. I am so…

 10 Comments on Life imitating art, imitating beauty?
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Life imitating art, imitating beauty?

What is this power that beauty holds over us? What is beauty anyway? Ok, so this question…

 11 Comments on The Bald and The Beautiful
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The Bald and The Beautiful

So in April I was sitting at work in a busy ER and I had an ‘aha’…