Visual Artist | Art Historian
You can also watch this episode on Youtube where English, Italian and Spanish subtitles are available or visit the Metralla Rosa website for more details.Born in Campinas, Brazil, Iluá lives and creates her works in London, where she has lived for over half of her life, which is precisely why it’s so difficult to decide whether she is a Brazilian artist living in the U.K. or a British artist born accidentally in Brazil.
Iluá is a conceptual artist whose work is predominantly figurative and whose aesthetic visions often present strong connections with anatomy, making use of the human body as an expression of existence made real.
She places the human condition under a magnifying glass, which is probably why her practice speaks of complex semiotic narratives. The many layers of her work lead us towards an understanding and exploration of the faith and symbolism present in both Christianity and the universality of mythological archetypes.
Many of Iluá’s works are three dimensional, and in this interview she explains not only her love of working with glass, but also the pleasure she finds in solving the technical problems she encounters on the journey from the birth of a concept to the materialisation of the piece. Our meandering encounter was as revealing as it was seductive. Her train of thought knows no shortcuts and, after listening to her reflect – with such assertiveness, grace and wisdom – about her art and her life, you will be grateful that she has not skimped on any of the details.
Discover her first artistic memories, the way in which her Neo-Gothic dandyism is entwined within her London life, the communion that exists between her voluptuously-baroque, intellectual nature and the almost minimalist neatness of her work.
Also discover how the destructive aspects of vanity have inspired one of her favourite glass sculptures, how the baroque nature of colonial Brazil gains expression through her stylistic passions, and how her most recent exhibition at the College of Optometrists has allowed her to engage with the martyrdom of Santa Lucia from an unexpected, autobiographical perspective.
If, like us, you believe that there is nothing more fascinating than the indomitable ambition of a cultured, intellectually restless and irreverently sophisticated woman, then this conversation will, undoubtedly, be an elixir for your senses.
And now, enjoy the interview!
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Nacida en Campinas, Brazil, Iluá vive y crea su obra en Londres, en donde vive desde más de la mitad de su vida. Razón por la que es difícil decidir si su caso es el de una creadora brasileña viviendo...for further information about this interview, including links to anything mentioned by Iluá, or to continue reading this text in Spanish, English or Italian, visit the Metralla Rosa website.
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