The Heroine’s Journey of Ilaria Novelli/ Ila Pop

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love that it’s not just a work but a deep and personal urge to express myself.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? To be in love.

What is my greatest fear? To lose my loved ones.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I’m too cynical and pessimistic.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Mike Diana.

What is my greatest extravagance? To think that nothing is extravagant.

On what occasion would I lie? I always prefer to tell the truth but I’d lie only to protect others from pain.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I don’t like the fact that there’s not much recognition or material support for alternative art, especially in Italy, and I hate that the only way to show your work is mainly on social networks. It influences the way you create, images are adapted to be seen in the small screens of smart phones and other devices, many details both technical and figurative get lost.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Everytime I could paint and
listening to music for several hours.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I’m too demanding on myself.

What is my greatest achievement in work? I would love to keep on learning, evolving and changing.

Where would I most like to live? In a faraway and isolated place surrounded by nature.

What is my most treasured possession? I don’t feel attached to material things anymore.

What is my most marked characteristic? Self loathing.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? My studio.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? For personal health issues I consider eating just strictly for surviving.

What books influenced my life and how? “Gravity’s rainbow” by Thomas Pynchon, “Crime and Punishment” by Fedor Dostoevskij, “Tropic of cancer” by Henry Miller, “Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace, “Cows” by Matthew Stokoe, “120 days of Sodom” by the Marquise De Sade, “Glamorama” by Bret Easton Ellis, “The Tin drum” by Gunter Grass, “We children of Bahnof Zoo” by Christiane F., “Nog” by Rudolph Wurlitzer, “The story of the eye” by Georges Bataille, “A feast of snakes” by Harry Crews, “White noise” by Don de Lillo, “Frisk” by Dennis Cooper, “Elective affinities” by Goethe, “Wild Boys” by William S. Burroughs, “Petrolio” by Pier Paolo Pasolini, “Crash” by J.G.Ballard and many more. I owe a lot to these books (and their authors) for being such a great inspiration and for expanding my mind. They taught me not to be afraid to share a personal, different and visionary point of view.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Anything by Coil.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Katje Borgesius (from Gravity’s Rainbow).

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Jim Jones.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Stroszek by Werner Herzog

What role plays art in my life and work? I keep studing art history on daily basis and I visit museums and exhibitions when I have the chance.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My two daughters.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I’d love to work with galleries, artists and book publishers from abroad.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Some of the artists and inspirational people I had the great luck and pleasure to meet and collaborate with online and to see again those who’ve already met.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I’d really like to work on a series of painting on big canvas, even if it’s ambitious and totally pointless and I’d love to produce a graphic novel.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? At the moment I have a group show scheduled for this summer in Rome, my work is unpredictable and at the moment I can’t say more. I hope to continue my collaboration with Estrellita Mia Zine, an International alternative art magazine based in Chile that I really love and support since their first issue.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I believe that passion is not enough, to create requires a lot of time, patience and it’s made of complex emotions. Inspiration could come, go and sometimes it dies.

Which creative heroines and heroes should Peter invite for the Heroine’s Journey and Hero’s Journey project?  I love the work of Matthew Stokoe, curious to learn his story.

How can you contact me?
On my official facebook page


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