As someone who didn’t grow up playing video games, it has been eye-opening learning about avatars in digital space. I really enjoyed reading the articles about LaTurbo Avedon and found her work strangely compelling.
I resonate the most with Mccann’s description of Avedon – “what makes her stand apart from the crowd isn’t her visual art, it’s her performance art”. When you look at the work of Marina Abramović, the grandmother of performance art, the essence of her work is her idea and not her actual body movement. Besides not having a physical presence “in real world”, what Avedon is doing is not that different from Marina Abramović’s performance art which makes me value her authenticity. It is interesting to look at what she represents and discourses she wish to create through living in different digital worlds.
Questions for LaTurbo Avedon:
As artists, we love to collect ideas and express through different mediums. However, humans are judgmental animals. It is natural that we compare our work to others from time to time as a way to introspect our place in the broader community. I often think being passionate about your creative practice is not enough in the long term because you will eventually burn out your energy if your talent is never being recognized.
I am curious about how you started your artistic practice and how you stay motivated since 2008/2009 before gaining the recognition you have today? Do you think you would still be doing what you were doing if there wasn’t a prominent growth in internet community?
What you are creating is novel yet probably provoking to the conventional art world. Can you tell me the most interesting criticism you have received? Was it a commentary on your persona or the physical art (sculptures) you made?