Julia Illana (b. 1998) is an artist creating 2D and 3D works and collecting trash in Providence, RI. Her work delves into the strange, childlike, surprising, and joyful, exploring the unexpected through colorful, multimedia sculptures, paintings, and performances. Over the last two years alone, she has shown her work in over 10 exhibitions and performances, as well as interned for the infamous Big Nazo Lab. She holds BAs in Visual Art and Literary Arts, and currently works as a sculpture teaching assistant at Brown University.
I create offbeat, colorful and playful works of art!
I am a multimedia artist, working in drawing, painting, photography, performance, puppetry, and sculpture, among other media. A driving force behind most of my artworks is a desire to create worlds of wonder inside gallery spaces, public spaces, and my own home, where viewers are confronted with the unexpected in each context. My most current body of work is the paracosm Kid Brain, a fictional universe brought to life with painted maps and interactive furniture creatures— turning rugs into fields and chairs into friends.
I’m committed to showing people that a love of discovery shouldn’t be left behind when they grow up. I like to make people “feel like a kid again” by awakening their curiosity and sense of play through performance, visual storytelling, and interactive works. (Real kids are, of course, welcome too!)