All that is solid melts into air

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Art has many purposes; one is to make us think. If the greatness of art is measured by how much we think about it, Whiskey Monday is a great artist. It is difficult for a virtual artist like Whiskey Monday to get first life recognition for Second Life® art, but it is not impossible. I certainly think her work merits exposure in the broader world beyond our pixel borders.

Meanwhile, it is good to know that the powers that be in our world recognize her importance and have granted her LEA10 – one of the Linden Endowment for the Arts sims, to create art for the coming month. She’s working away and generously allows people to go there and use her builds in their photos.

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Where I first saw this build, I thought  of “Things Fall Apart”, the title of the book by China Achebe that a lot of us read in high school. By the way, if you have not read it, you should. I thought of coming undone, falling apart, coming apart at the seams; metaphors for the fragility of life. I do get the sense that Monday is tackling the big questions with her work.

Then I thought of creative destruction and Karl Marx’s quote, “All that is solid melts into air.” Marx believed the cycle of innovation, recession, then innovation, the boom and bust, would lead to the eventual collapse of capitalism. Free market fundamentalists love creative destruction believing it always leads to innovation that will always lead to more productivity and more wealth and so on. The computer destroyed the typewriter industry, factories closed and people were laid off. That is creative destruction. All that was solid about the typewriter industry has certainly melted into air. Even on a massive corporate scale, there is fragility.

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I wonder about creative destruction at the personal level. Is there something freeing about coming undone? Can losing it spark personal innovation, re-creation and growth? Probably, for some people. But not for all. Even the strongest person has points of fragility.

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Now on to the clothing. I wore a lush pencil dress from DeeTaleZ that I picked up a few months ago at a vintage event. I love the simplicity of its lines contrasted with the intricacy of the lace. It fit so well, I only needed an alpha for walking and moving positions.

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I am wearing brand new shoes from Glamistry released this week. The come with a color-change hud allowing me to change the colors and metals of the platform, the heel, the straps and the metal findings. The polish is from League.

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The skin is a new release from Clef de Peau and has delicate features with the fragility I wanted for this post. The hair is from Exile for Collabor88 and is outrageously romantic and it comes with sparkles, rainbow sparkles, pastel rainbow sparkles. Like – if you ever wanted to be the human incarnation of My Little Pony, you want those sparkles.

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Poses: oOo Studio
Skin: Clef de Peau:Liu:Honey Base
Tattoos:
Clef de Peau:Liu: Eyeliner #4
Clef de Peau:Liu: Glossy Lips Nude
Clef de Peau:Liu: Eyebrows Ginger
Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes dark Green (med)
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash
Mesh Attachments:
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands
Slink AvEnhance Feet High
Mani/Pedi: League French Manicure
Hair: :Exile:: Windsong
Clothing: DeeTaleZ Mesh Pencil Dress “Black Lace”
Shoes: Glamistry : ERANTHIS Heels
Jewelry: Donna Flora Julia Earrings Black
Location: Nothing Endures But Change – LEA10

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