FionaFei — Artist, Photographer, Explorer


Digital Interactive Art within a Virtual World

This is my artwork for ONE BILLION RISING (OBR), a once per year event that is a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on earth will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN!

DateFeb 14, 2019 RoleArtist
ForOne Billion Rising

My artwork for One Billion Rising tries to capture the moment when a person who has endured rape, sexual abuse, or violence of any kind finally breaks free of the pain that they’ve experienced, be it physical or emotional. The rising hand-drawn particles of women floating up is a literal interpretation of “one billion rising”, as they join in the collective celebration to end the abuse and suffering, rising from the darkness of their painful past.

Residents of Second Life could step into the environment and step onto the step sculptures.

I made each particle to be scaled to our human size so that they are more relatable, and visitors could feel that they are a part of the collective.

It was important for me to allow the viewers to not just look but to experience the art by stepping into the installation itself.

I really wanted to give the feeling that pain or abuse – represented by black splotches in the background and on the 3D hand sculptures – doesn’t have to last. This is especially expressed in the animated textures on some of the hands, representing change. As we grow as individuals, the pain that has been brought on us takes on a different form, one that can unite us to become stronger than who we used to be.