How IX Shells Became the Highest-Selling Female NFT Artist
Itzel Yard, known throughout the NFT space as IX Shells, is a generative artist and creative coder based in Panama working at the intersection between computer science and art. Dreaming at Dusk — her generative art piece derived from the cryptographic key of the very first Tor onion website — sold for $2 million to PleasrDAO in May 2021, making her the highest-selling female NFT artist ever. Since the record-breaking sale, she has continued to make waves in the NFT art sphere, with her most recent project Thalamic Pulse raising over $100 thousand for MAPS’ research on assisted therapy for trauma recovery.
In our latest episode of the nft now podcast, we cover Shells’ journey into the generative art world, the story behind Dreaming at Dusk’s record-breaking sale, how the NFT space can be more equitable towards NFT artists of all sexes and backgrounds, and the future of generative art.