Update, June 15th, 2018: I received the following from Milly – “I know I said I was staying put for a while but I ran out of space!” So, this being the case, she has relocated her gallery to Serena Montecito, where her art now resides in two buildings, rather than the single build described below. All SLurls in this article have been updated to reflect the new location. My thanks to Milly for letting me know.
I last wrote about Milly Sharple’s extraordinary art in October 2017. At that time, she had – as a result of a huge amount of support / demand from friends – established a new gallery, after previously announcing she was retiring from Second Life art. A lot has happened since then; for one thing, her gallery of that time has since closed. Gone it may be, but the opportunity to experience Milly’s art as she would like it to be witnessed, has not.
“The old gallery never felt quite right to me,” Milly told me recently, “and I have re-opened a new version of Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple at a new venue.”
The new gallery, located in a sky sphere, showcases the rich diversity of Milly’s art. There is – obviously – her marvellously captivating fractal art, both static and animated. The new gallery, with it predominant use of black and grey, brings these pieces sharply to life, the subdued wall panels and dark block walls bring out the rich depth of colour and contrast of these pieces.
Alongside of the fractal art, are pieces of Milly’s work in mixed media. These are also brought into vivid focus by the finish applied to the gallery building.
As much as I am a deep admirer of Milly’s Fractal art – I have to admit her mixed media work is as equally stunning – and quite possibly more enchanting. The use of colour, coupled with the almost etching-like finish to many of the pieces brings brings them to life in a remarkable way. Whether floral representations, animal studies or pieces with a more fantasy edge, or presenting an image such as a portrait through the use of fractals, these pieces are utterly captivating.
The gallery building offer two floors of display place – the ground floor and a mezzanine above. However, this is not all there is on offer, as Milly explains.
“I have closed the roof in to make more space and also added a sky sphere … There are teleporters in the gallery that go to the two extra levels.”
These teleport disks can be found on both of the lower levels of the building. At the time of my visit, the first of the upper levels – reached by teleporting to Rooftop 1 or Rooftop 2 – focused on Milly’s fractal work; the sphere above it, a selection of Milly’s animated etchings, which again should not be missed during a visit.
Finished with 3D art items, some by Milly herself and others modified by her, Fractal Insanity – The Art on Milly Sharple is a very welcome expansion of a public display of Milly’s art, and one which should be seen to be fully appreciated. One which, once seen, is liable to draw the discerning admirer of art back to it time and again. For those who enjoy their time visiting, kitty would appreciate a donation via his jar alongside the coffee machine.
Congratulation to Milly on her new gallery – and my thanks to her for extending an invitation to visit.
- Fractal Insanity – The Art on Milly Sharple (Serena Montecito, rated: Moderate)