Death and Ponies: NFT Series on OpenSea

After a lot of thought and research, I’ve decided to try my hand at an NFT collection, using the results of part of my painting planing process. I realize many have mixed, or not so mixed feelings about NFTs and crypto in general, but please trust that I’ve been learning a lot about these spaces through my day job and my own efforts, and that I am experimenting with a purpose.

I chose to mint this series of images I took for a specific reason: they are crappy, fast and cheaply assembled, put together in a mad dash and naive way in order to document a thought, which is how I feel about a lot of NFT art. It felt fitting.

I think I’m more excited about blockchain technology and metaverse spaces for other types of artists than for myself. As well as for how this may influence artificial intelligence progress and how art is made and shared, especially ‘installation art’. There is a lot to be rightfully wary of and excited for.

If you want to chat about it, hit me up. My grasp is limited, but I’m always open to conversation and education.

Death and Ponies: Dedicated to Girlhood Grief

Death and Ponies #1

Death and Ponies is a vanitas, a genre of art using symbols of death and change as a reminder of their inevitability, inspired photography series by Philadelphia based artist Elizabeth Virginia Levesque.

Elizabeth, a lover of kitsch and childhood superstitions, uses decaying toys from her own childhood and other universal symbols like skulls, combining them with cheap craft materials.

This photography series started as a tool to plan future oil paintings, but soon became their own body of work, as she realized the photos themselves had an intrinsic charm and dark humor that didn’t need to be interpreted through paint to exist as high art. Elizabeth decided to offer them as NFTs, feeling they belonged to this new medium rather than as printed and framed pieces, due to their glitchy and contemporary color schemes and topic, ephemerality, which opposes blockchain tech. The saying goes that the internet is forever, and maybe blockchains are making that truer than ever.

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