Uniting multiple levels is a parameter of 3D virtual art, Cherry Manga takes advantage of levels that seem to move, though they merely float. In “Cogito ergo sum,” Cherry positions a single seated figure, covered with a circuit board pattern and with a translucent brain. Obviously the metaphor is thought, but few expressions show the way thought works, as does this assemblage. The thoughts here are like formulas, but any deep concentration takes the thinker further and further down a path. Although very literal, the presentation is unusual and includes the thinker within the thought-like floating islands. Zooming in upon the levels reveals more levels as the thinker is included within the translucency. Always the figure is concerned with herself, with her own identity in this analytical process of mathematic education. Rather than make the figure androgenes such as a more geometric depiction, Cherry made a female, symbol of continuance and nurturing, bringing the organic progress into the analytical, always rooted upon an island of physics. The concept of a “cerebral” piece is taken to extremes.
How do these levels of thought relate to one another? The tiniest figures contained inside the minds of bigger ones have a colored brain. Are they all the same? A delineation to variety could take the idea of mind farther. As there are various personalities, each person’s brain emphasizes different uses. Some people are more visual, some more mechanical, etc. Diversity strengthens solutions and imporves the mind, much as the perspectives offered in such an international arena as in the SL arts community. So, what more can this figurative approach to thought tell about the process within?
Continue to the next review of “Cerulean,” by Bryn Oh, on permanent display in-world at UWA
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