A lot of the artwork I collect portrays things that I myself want to convey through my own creativity. I see traces of my own views of the world in their art. The art that I buy, and the art that is in this collection feels personal to me, I find it inspiring to see women creating art, and to be doing it so successfully. Nowadays, you can put your work out there, and people connect with it directly. You don’t have to have an exhibition, or be shown in a physical gallery, or produce your work in a particular way, you can put a single piece out there if you want to, and all you need is that one buyer, that one collector to see and relate to it. That is what I find so empowering: you can be anyone that you want to be, you can create the art that you want to create, and in this space, you don’t have to consistently struggle against many of the barriers that you might find in the traditional art space.
Digital artists are now able to make work that they want to make, and actually be paid for it. For me, that’s what matters; I get to buy art that I love, and artists get to be “artists”, they don’t have to be “artists/freelancers” anymore. Artistic control is put back in the hands of the people, and while that is important for all artists, it is particularly important for groups of people that have historically been marginalised by the art world: NFTs allow women to do things their own way; you don’t have to wait for society to change, you don’t have to tick other people’s boxes, you can take things into your own hands.
The decentralised nature of the blockchain provides an equal and autonomous foundation on which to build. This sovereign platform pushes against institutional bias, and has lit a fire in the hearts of creatives globally. In doing so, it has become an impetus for artistic revolution. The momentum and passion in this space is undeniable and it is my hope that ‘Women of Web 3.0’ can be a snapshot of this ever-changing space.
"I am a 3D artist and designer from New Zealand, currently based in NYC. My work revolves around creating dreamscapes, which are essentially worlds that look real, but couldn't possibly exist in real life.
For me, the pleasure of creating worlds that border between realism and fantasy lies in finding magic and beauty in the unexpected and the uncanny; the mundane things in life that we normally disregard. The act of taking a rational part of reality and integrating it with visuals that stem from my dreams and imagination, and making it look so real, is what constantly makes this work so exciting to me.
To be part of the Women of Web 3.0 collection, alongside many incredible artists that I respect and admire, is not only an honour, but also incredibly empowering, especially in a male-dominated field. It is wonderful to see so many opportunities to support each other and continue to do so!"
— Jenny (Discover her work on Dissrup and Instagram).
"About 'Into the Unknown II': I created my first 'Into the Unknown' artwork during the first Sydney lockdown in 2020. Unable to leave the house, I found myself constantly dreaming of expansive open spaces, surreal worlds of exaggerated scale that juxtaposed my confined reality; a form of subconscious escapism. As time continued to pass in a very strange way, the premise of 'Into The Unknown' remained relevant, but the sentiment has slowly evolved. Although still unknown, I now look to the future with hope and optimism, and am now using my art to hopefully help others feel the same.
Inspired by minimalism, surrealism and ubiquitous sculptural forms, my work reimagines the world through a contemporary art lens. Her work aims to evoke peace & calm, whilst bending the concept of reality as we know it; playing with the line between the real and surreal."
"Shali Kelly of Visual Citizens builds digital worlds inspired by the beauty of nature. In this personal piece she has created a lucid collection of disparate forms, paintings, materials and textures compelled into a sculpture within a digital landscape. It is an expression of her experience as a 'code switcher' and the dual identities necessary to exist in a coded world."
"Daria was intending to mint a fantastic new artwork with us, however, amidst the crisis in Ukraine, she has had to leave her home, leaving many of her possessions (including her computer) behind. Until such a time that she is able to reconnect with us, this piece will stand in its stead. Our thoughts are with Daria, her friends and family, and all those affected by the invasion."