The internet has moved art galleries into our pockets, and with 24/7 opening hours, the accompanying visuals can bleed into infinite Instagram scrolls. This makes it easy for aesthetic vultures of big corporations to pick the bones of these artists for their supposed inspiration. “I literally walk in to people’s offices and they have my stuff on their mood boards… It sucks that certain big brands won’t go to the artists, who need the money, but it happens,” she sighs. “People just take your photos. It’s tricky and maybe if we didn’t live in a capitalist world it would be less problematic.”
In light of recent Instagram intellectual property theft, as well as cyberbullying and trolling, I ask Arvida if she believes the internet is a safe place. “I don’t think anywhere is a safe place, the internet is like anywhere else in that it’s good and bad, you have to learn how to navigate it.”
Like the internet, Arvida’s work is amorphous, not locked down to one set of visual cues but growing and expanding in tandem with her real life offline. Let’s hope the corporate vultures don’t get to it first.