Ila Rose is an artist working in the Pacific Northwest, namely, Oregon. She is part of a group of painters who refer to themselves at Accumulative Realists, a movement that draws from Surrealism, Meta-realism, Visionary art and accumulated symbology throughout space and time as a means to retell old mythologies and concepts as current composite narratives, creating new stories about the magic and transformative reality in which we exist.
Ila Rose grew up in Eugene, Oregon. Rose has a twin brother and an older sister. Her sister, Rena, who has cerebral Palsy, has been a recurring source of inspiration for Ila. Her first-hand experience observing and caring for someone who’s had to negotiate the struggles of living in a non-functioning body with a fully functioning mind has informed much of what she does as an artist and the choices she has made as a human.
“There’s always been this desire to understand human suffering,” Rose explains. In her art you might see conversations about deformity, decay, death, inequality, emotion, feminism, environmentalism and self-reflection. Her work tends to be very colorful yet dark, complex, detailed, luscious and surreal. She occasionally refers to her work as dreamscapes, elaborating that the paintings come to her as a dream would in sleep or that they feel like a sort of subconscious vomit.
Ila has been a barista, a waitress, a nanny, a caregiver, a teacher, and a professional musician and now works full-time as an artist.
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