Like an Ocean gyre, a vortex of artifacts of a consumption based contemporary society become
ensnarled with driftwood, dead coral, and seaweed creating a grotesques amalgamation of disparate
materials which remarkably can still harbor life.
Ilana H-B is an interdisciplinary artist born in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BA in Art at Yale, and
is a 2016 MFA at Columbia University. She creates work that explores relationships between
surface, humor, failure, & individuation.
My work is an exploration of personal and communal identity. My perspective is informed by
Jewish folklore and mythology, approached from a feminist angle. I explore female and gender
non-conforming bodies, as well as taboo.
I am interested in how our environment depicts time through layers of growth and decay, serving
as a visual metaphor for our own internal worlds. Both are in constant states of
change – morphing and diverging we expand in our world.
I am painting the body as vehicle, simple forms with wings or wheels traveling precariously through their environment finding chance encounters, missed connections and always the uncertainty of any rest or arrival.