Monday, April 12, 2010

Soror Nishi - Maker of Trees

Soror Nishi is one of that group of Second Life artists whose work has ‘grown up’ with the game. We are pleased and proud to have turned over the whole of the Treeline site to her for a survey show of her trees and other plants, from early, sometimes prim heavy or cumbersome work that still revealed the same spirit and creativity we see today, to her latest elegant and highly crafted, award winning works.

Soror has generously set up a display that gives an insight into both the development of her work over time, and the techniques she uses to create her work. Some of her compelling textures are included as 2D wall works, as well as untextured sculpted prims that indicate her current skills with Blender and the way she makes her plants. The exhibition is a must for anyone interested in making flora in Second Life.

From her early days in Second Life Soror has not been much interested in replicating real world plants and environments, but has argued that the culture and visual style of the new world should be respected . Many of her pieces reveal both a fertile imagination and a quirky sense of humour.

Her short bio provides the following as a background to her work

Born in Harajuku, the daughter of a flower seller and her husband a software magnate, she started creating at an early age and quickly turned her attention to the natural environment. Concerned about the diminishing native flora of Second Life she set about planting and nurturing the plants that the Lindens had cleared from the land with an over-grazing of goats and the like.
Her work in preserving "the Ancient Ones" for future generations is well known, and recent discoveries of rare orchids has generated much interest.

Soror’s work is always a delight to see, and will coninue at Treeline until next Monday.
If you miss the show her principle nursery and shop are on Lifstaen (an island) and neighbouring Moldorf.
Her blog is at

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