Eshi Otawara is the alternative name of artist Irena M. Morris. The name originated within online virtual world Second Life(R) where Eshi pioneered a "not possible in real life" line of vir- tual couture dresses in 2008. The dresses followed her first creation, the "Fish Hook Dress", which was auctioned to benefit Relay For Life and still holds the record of the most expensive virtual clothing item ever sold in any virtual world ($2000). Eshi is currently working on a series of character paintings called Poe The Cat.

2013

CEDARBURG ART MUSEUM - Live painter, September 8th, Museum Grand Opening

TIMELINE - Red Line Milwaukee, exhibitor, July 25th

REPURPOSED RUNWAY (garment design competition) - Red Line Milwaukee

MAM - Live painter at Milwaukee Art Museum, March 24th

2012

REPURPOSED RUNWAY (garment design competition)  - Honorable Mention for Garbage Bag Dress Black Dahlia

Red Line Milwaukee Resident Emerging Artist

2009

"Rinascimento Virtuale" Museum of Natural History at the University of Florence, Italy - Exhibitor 

http://www.yourwaytoflorence.com/virtual-renaissance-art-in-second-life-exhibition-florence.htm

Collaborative Virtual Exhibit with Stanford University Library

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N1yGLQY3DU

2008

Parsec - Virtual Space Architect http://parsec.wordpress.com/ 

Second Life (Virtual World) - Gallery Owner, Exhibitor

"Fishook Dress" work published in The Art of 3D Computer Animation and Effects, Fourth Edition by Isaac Kerlow

2006

Acadiana Arts Council - Sustained Winds, before-during-after (National Tour Exhibit)

2004

McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana -  Annual Faculty Exhibit

McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana - Student Juried Exhibition - Best Mixed Media Honorable Mention 

2003

Rikenjak's Brewery, Lake Charles, Louisiana - Independent Exhibit with M.B. Miller


Doug Thompson, CLIENT, 2009

Founding Partner at LOCOLO

Irena provided design, creative and development services to my company. While I had known her work directly, I had not had the chance to work with her in a formal way - but I have to say, she delivered far and above my expectations.

I have met very few people in my career who I would call 'genius' - Irena is one of those, bringing a stunning originality and depth to her work. Beyond that, she has a skill set in development and design that is simply incredible. While the development of environments, objects and experiences in virtual worlds attracts a wide range of creative professionals, Irena stands above the majority.

Irena was also able to take an admittedly vague brief and goal and translate it beautifully. She demonstrated that she can focus very clearly on a client problem and articulate it with focus and a desire for results.

I would highly recommend Irena and would be pleased to offer personal insight if you have questions.


Wagner James Au, CLIENT, 2009

Author of *Game Design Secrets* (Wiley)

Working as Eshi Otawara, Irena has consistently proven herself one of the most artistically talented content creators working in Second Life, not just in virtual fashion, but in 3D architectural spaces and interactive installations. (This ability will surely translate to other platforms, as well.) Moreover, she's a widely admired and beloved figure in SL, a celebrity figure in her own right. You will be very lucky to hire her, as I fully believe she's destined for greatness.


Robert Thomas, COLLABORATOR, 2008-2013

Composer & CCO at RjDj

Irena provided outstanding design and delivery skills on the web based virtual world project we collaborated on called Parsec, for Manning Press. Whilst providing a strong individual style, she was also able to work in a highly flexible and adaptable way as the brief evolved. I can recommend her very highly.



Terry Beaubois, CLIENT, 2009

Terry Beaubois & Associates, Palo Alto CA

Creative Media Lab MSU, Bozeman MT

Irena is one of the most creative people I have met, both from a professional and personal perspective. She has so much to contribute. Her diligence, creativity, and imagination are to be admired. I would work with her again and I recommend her to anyone seeking real talent and original creativity.


Patrick Lichty, FRIEND

Lecturer, Digital Studio Practice at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

I've known Irena, and in as colleague and occasional mentor, I have known her to be an exceptionally bright, hard working individual who has weathered personal adversity and is perservering as an artist, 3D modeler in virtual worlds, and environmental designer. As a curator, I have written about her "One Hour Sim" project at the Montreal Contermporary's online magazine, and feel she is a fine young talent that has done a great deal of excellent work and will continue to develop into an equally fine professional in the future.

This is one to watch.


 
 
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