As I child, I became an expert at sellotaping cardboard boxes together. Later I took to photography. I avoided writing, and doing sciences was a strategy for doing this. Music became one of the biggest things in my life. Later in life, I discovered language wasn’t so bad and people were really quite interesting. So I went off and got some qualifications in sociology and the arts. In October 2016 I started a practice based PhD in Contemporary Art at Lancaster University.
As Tizzy Canucci I’ve been exploring Second Life since 2009, photographing since 2012, blogging since 2013, and I started making moving image work (machinima, or video art) in 2015.
The art, performance, building, creativity and sociability within this virtual world are the basis of this blog and my other work. It reflects my curiosity and wonder at the creativity of the people who built everything out of their imaginations. What we create is a part of us, a reflection of ourselves and our experiences. It is no mere accident.
I produce work out of (rather than within) Second Life. Virtual worlds are different from games, as they are made of elements from the actual (or real) world by individuals, rather than the planned product of a games studio. ‘Machinima’ are screen captures of a game, but as I am interested in expanding the possibilities of the medium it only partially describes what I do. I describe myself as a visual artist because it encompasses my wider practice, but the soundscapes of my moving image work are just as important as the visual.
If you want to contact me, send a direct message through twitter, or email email@example.com. To see what I do in real life, visit www.tessbaxter.com, or see my academic profile.