Delighted to publish the article dedicated to me on Arona newspaper, published on March 26, 2021.
Once again, it is a great thrill to be able to tell a part of myself, as an artist, in the local newspaper. A heartfelt thanks to Alessio Bacchetta for this wonderful opportunity!
Below, the transcript of the entire article, in case you can't read from the image.
"With my dark style I transpose fragments of life"
Illusorya, born Stefania Russo, lives in Divignano and has also begun to use the oil technique.
DIVIGNANO - More than 4 thousand followers on Facebook, almost 2 thousand on Instangram, an approach to art full of humanity towards the dark side of life. In a "small invisible mansion haunted by ghosts", as she says in her biography, lives Illusorya, born Stefania Russo, an artist who boasts exhibitions in events also abroad.
Self-taught and born with the hobby of drawing that at first led her to focus on the Fantasy genre, now she sinks into the Dark personal taste and objectives.
"The Dark is an underground movement - he tells - it was born as a protest from an emotional point of view with themes related to depression and racism. I chiseled my style into emotion, observing human behavior, sympathizing with black humor and creating" fables obscure ". I like to create female subjects, sometimes even androgynous, but each work has a story, the artistic projection of those who commissioned it. People tell me about fragments of life, linked to physical or psychological pain, I I transpose by covering them with darkness.
Sometimes one can joke with death to stigmatize the black sides of the soul. People like me face phobias, fears, anxieties and ailments without hiding them, sometimes making fun of them. I limit myself to giving a comfortable home to these feelings, which are part of us and have every right to exist. I certainly do not pretend to solve them, but the work gives shape to something of which it is often difficult to see the outlines.
Many talk about depression on social media, but they are not understood or even marginalized. I discuss it with a smile, which does not mean taking it lightly, but welcoming the skeletons into the closet with love and a pinch of grotesque spirit.
If years ago I used watercolors, pencils and ink, thanks to the lockdown I entered the world of oil. I often work for fairs and galleries that are now stopped, I have also touched Portugal and the United States. The city that surprised me most in Italy is Bologna, very open and vital for the Gothic world.
Come and find me on my social channels or on the website www.illusorya.com "