Illusorya's Tales from Nowhere - Intervista su Beautiful Bizarre Magazine

Illusorya's Tales from Nowhere - Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Interview

I return enthusiastically to a new and pleasant chat with Beautiful Bizarre Magazine , this time about my latest series Tales From Nowhere !
In this article I tell the origins of the ink drawings created in about an hour, up to the complexity of emotions and lines that gave life to these Fables from Nothing, which are rather grateful.

Below, the link to the interview in the original language:
Illusorya's Tales from Nowhere (

For the complete translation in Italian, I invite you to continue scrolling the article below!
Happy reading , and I hope you find it interesting ... Let me know what you think, do not hesitate to leave a comment below!

WARNING: This article explores the topics of suicide and self-harm. Do not continue if you are sensitive to the topic!

Illusorya's Tales from Nowhere

Article by Natalia Joruk (deputy director - Beautiful Bizarre Magazine)

Dark art is the desire to tell, and to get even closer, to human sensations ...

It is clear that art has always been a very important tool for us humans. Not only does it help us to express ourselves; but it helps us in the first place to make sense of the world around us. To communicate. To process experiences and emotions. " In fact, art is first of all 'therapy' ." In agreement with the Italian artist Stefania Russo, better known by the artist name Illusorya. “ Over the years, she [art] has been a faithful companion - and honestly, a great salvation for me in the darkest moments of my life. When I started working professionally as an artist, knowing that other people really appreciated my work, I realized that it was the right path to take ".

Evolving through a wonderful transition of styles they have collected her hordes of followers along the way, Illusorya recently explored further the work process on the first : "on the first try". Going further, her latest series, Tales From Nowhere , unveils a series of small ink paintings. Each was created without planning and in under an hour.

ILLUSORYA  - 11° Favola dal Nulla - Disegno Originale

Tales from Nowhere

Undeniably, art is the ultimate form of expression. We can design and represent messages that we want to explore and share through various art forms, transcending verbal language. However, creating her ink drawings of her created in about an hour, Illusorya has moved further into a new realm of creativity. She then finds herself tapping into her own ego, in the subconscious. “ I often create art without dwelling on drafts. Most of my paintings are already at their first, except for important projects such as commissions. I use this technique because I try, as far as possible, to continue to be instinctive, even though I know very well that in the academic world this is a mistake ".

In light of this, it is really impressive that I have created such intricate artwork within its hour limits.

4° Favola da Nulla - Illusorya

When I started creating these ink drawings, it was for fun, a challenge to be faster at drawing. The limited time in drawing gives me the opportunity to express what I want - and much more.

Sometimes I feel disgusted with certain emotions I feel.But throwing them on paper in such a fairytale way makes me feel less ashamed or pressured than having to plan every single detail, as would happen if you were doing a more complex painting Here is the instinct that speaks.

I would never imagined to bring to light the full representation of emotions, during these works. And with that, I find much more satisfaction in creating these designs, especially lately, than more complex paintings.

For me they are perfection within imperfection.

Primal instinct

His Tales from Nowhere series is aptly titled, as such. The instinctive childbirth from which each story has so beautifully emerged makes each ink drawing shine with fervent energy. “ They are small moments of life and human behaviors represented in a dreamlike way… Born from nothing, in fact! They represent emotional torments, also touching on the themes of sexuality and the profane (note the fables n ° 12 and n ° 22 ). Although, curiously, it has already been pointed out to me that my works had a strong “sexual power ”.

That's why I love this series. It made me rediscover instincts in myself that I had always kept hidden inside. "

Undeniably, there is something in your latest series that makes me linger for longer. Its characters exude a series. of strong emotions, from the virulent challenge in their eyes to a sense of delicate vulnerability. Melancholy and anger go hand in hand, wrapped in beauty and darkness. Illusorya's use of symbolic elements is made even more intriguing when remember that these are unplanned creations. These are real messages from the subconscious, ready to be decoded.

Illusorya - 2° Favola dal Nulla

I found myself having to struggle with myself for this great difference in artistic style between my complex paintings and these ink drawings ... The latter, however, nourish and make my soul even more charged with inspiration.

In the past I have received reviews describing me as a“ confused artist ”: an artist who is constantly changing style, and that really hurt me. Now that I've put pen to paper, these same critics are finally saying that I'm actually an artist (and a person!). It's crazy ... And these ink drawings are no different from my usual style. I have a lot of fun creating them. They are fast, instinctive and contain everything I would like to tell in a few lines ".

" I have learned that aesthetic complexity, at times, is completely superfluous. "

The importance of diversity

Tales from Nowhere encompasses much of Illusorya's signature style: dark, emotional art wrapped in pure energy. Many of her subjects are deformed, altered or contrary to the usual aesthetics of "beauty". This is an important element for Illusorya, who totally believes in representing diversity. He gives center stage to "anatomically unacceptable bodies" (as described by some of his critics). However, I argue that are beautiful, and in this way Illusorya encourages us to rethink our judgments of beauty and the grotesque. In doing so, she not only offers a stage to physicists we rarely see in art, but also encourages us to welcome these different types of bodies, one and all.

Illusorya - 5° Favola da Nulla

" In art we see so many magnificent and sculpted bodies ". Says Illusorya. “ I have obvious admiration for them, but they don't come close to my way of thinking. Don't get me wrong: I also like to draw beautiful, almost “perfect” bodies. But it is important for me to get close to human emotion as we see it.For example, when we meet an "evil" character, we often see him almost deformed, like his pronounced expression lines on his face "

My creatures are not caricatures of humanity, but they are a living representation of the emotion I wish to represent. And we humans are always attracted to charismatic emotions.

Illusorya - 22° Favola dal Nulla

Light in the dark

Tales from Nowhere is not Illusorya's first journey into the world of timed drawing. Her journey began in 2018. Inspired by the well-known sketch festival Inktober , she created a series called 31 (more or less painful) ways to end your happy life . “ That series was born out of a devastating period of depression. It helped me tremendously to stigmatize death and my brutal thoughts ", Illusorya shares," But, artistically speaking, I had a lot of fun portraying every single death according to the Inktober 2018 prompt. my mind to be more concise than usual. Thanks to that series, I have explored my inner self even more deeply. I discovered my big black humorous side!

Thankfully, the art has helped Illusorya process many of his inner struggles and depression. In addition, her art has come into contact with countless collectors around the world. It's hard not to smile as Illusorya shares some of the feedback she has received: " I am so happy that my ink drawings have been appreciated by those who follow me. Some have told me that they prefer them to my complex paintings, precisely because there is a world of emotions within their imperfection. The coolest thing about people I meet at trade shows and events, and then sell these designs in person, is that they tell me that each design relates to a part of their life or that it finally represents what they feel. For me it is the greatest artistic - and emotional - satisfaction I have ever had so far! "

With a series of fairs and events in the pipeline and a recent update to her online shop, Illusorya is enjoying life as an independent artist, also working on numerous commissions.
Stay tuned to her art and future events by following her social media below!

Illusorya Social Media Accounts
20° Favola dal Nulla - Illusorya

Here you will find the complete collection of Tales from Nowhere .
Some of the designs are still available. I remind you that they are unique pieces, so you will not find reproductions ... Adopt your favorite fairy tale before it disappears!

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