By Kayly Iali
I had a chance to visit the opening of Xirana Oximoxi Exhibit at La Maison d’Aneli. It is curated by Aneli Abeyante. Xirana Oximoxi,known as Nuria Vives in real life, is a mixed media artist and also a children book illustrator. Her exhibit is a new book she had just written and will be available online.
The book is “The Secret of the Crystal Mountain”. Its main character,a hippo named Isantim and his family go looking for water when it has not rained for a while. So, they set off on a journey to find out why. The journey takes them to different places and they encountered different characters that they have to deal with. It is a modern-day fable.
The exhibit is wonderfully set up.Xirana had taken advantage of Second Life environment.It is a three-dimensional setup of a two-dimensional book. The viewers would feel they are part of the book. Xirana’s mixed media skills are readily seen with the collaged walls. Floating texts and quote bubbles allowed the viewers to read as well as to travel with the 3-D cutouts of the hippos along with their journey.
This is a one of kind exhibit of a children’s book that is not readily seen in real life. “The Secret of the Crystal Mountain" will be available at http://nuriavives.com/ as well as her other children’s books.