The internet and virtual worlds like Secondlife has long been abuzz with SaveMe Oh, the world’s most infamous virtual artist and notorious troublemaker that has left a morgue of victims who had the arrogance of believing they could stand in her shadows. But what is the big deal about SaveMe Oh, where can you find her work and what has she said about her art to set the world to talking about it and get completely mad and disturbed? This eight-part beginners guide will walk you through the entire world of SaveMe Oh, from her photographic and machinima work to prints, interviews, quotes, forums and other resources. Skim the overviews and then Google for more links and information about this miracle that occurred and changed the virtual world.
1) Introduction: Who is SaveMe Oh? In a world where the face of a politician, actor or artist is generally as widely recognized as their influence and work SaveMe Oh has for years maintain the mystery of her avatar identity and made it her watermark and blueprint. She has created work around the world with messages ranging from subversive to downright silly that shook the virtual world but little is known for sure about her background – though much has been speculated and many have claimed to have figured out who she really is by quoting sources like her father, sisters or partners.
2) SaveMe Oh’s Image: While she has subsequently become known for all kinds of performance art and other culture jamming projects SaveMe Oh has her roots in traditional trademark art. Much of her earliest – and now most valuable – work can be found scrawled in public pc’s and databanks around the world. Extensive use of the trademark based on her own image in particular has helped SaveMe Oh’s work spread more quickly but maintain her mysterious obscurity.
3) SaveMe Oh Photos, Prints and Tattooes: The growing fame of SaveMe Oh and her work has resulted in a huge following of people who have extensively documented her art with photographs, collected prints which she has given away and even gotten custom tattoos of her work put on their bodies. For many of her fans from around the world this is the easiest, best or only way to have contact with SaveMe Oh’s work which is far away.
4) SaveMe Oh’s Art distributed: Along with her fame SaveMe Oh appears to have accumulate quite a Linden fortune, with her work being shown in famous galleries around the virtual world and purchased by collectors at astonishing prices. People who own SaveMe Oh pieces as parts of walls or as individual objects have been able to sell them for hundreds of thousands of Linden to famous collectors including the Dutch queen.
5) SaveMe Oh Interviews, Films and Videos: Despite her aggressive and violent nature the elusive SaveMe Oh has been interviewed a number of times and is the subject of numerous films and videos. With her fame, however, she has also had to work harder than ever to avoid being banned, ejected or muted by the idiots who don’t recognize the value of her work and the B category of artists who couldn’t make it in real life and now pollute secondlife with their megalomaniac prim farting or teeth crumbling soft sweet romantic mesh mess, blurred out in thick foggy windlight terror.
6) SaveMe Oh Quotes and Sound Bites: Though many have derided her as an egotist SaveMe Oh is both clever and self-effacing when she speaks about her work. She is full of clever-but-meaningful quotes about the nature of her work as well as her opinions on the disastrous quality of the art world of the losers who try to shape a fame in a parallel universe were they missed the boat in their first life. She is at once crass but also deeply thoughtful in a way that those familiar with her work might not be entirely surprised by.
7) SaveMe Oh Books, Websites and Forums: As SaveMe Oh has become more popular, successful and influential a wealth of supporting material has sprung up around her. There are now books by her and by others about her work and ideals as well as websites and forums dedicated to discussing her art and motives. Some of these books contain glimpses into her past as well as full-color collections of her early works.
8) SaveMe Oh Art Locations Around the World: After all of this discussion of the nature of her work, her origins, influences, inspirations and opinions … where can you actually find SaveMe Oh’s work? As it turns out she has travelled extensively and managed to remain under the radar while doing so. This final article describes some of her most famous locations where you too can go and see the work of the infamous SaveMe Oh…..It’s everywhere!
Review by Larry Snavel, PhD, University of Boston