“People often say my work is creepy [and] uncanny, but I don’t agree. I try to make things that can hold the viewer for a little while longer. I don’t like letting go.”
Lilith Frey, 23, is making art that you’ll want to hold onto. Merging conventional illustration with surrealist elements, the young artist’s staple is inquisitive graphite work that can range from comic panels to complete abstraction.
As a whole, her art can either appear as cosmic and distanced when illustrating concepts, or nostalgic and intimate when illustrating people. And evidently, she’s well-aware that people have these types of definitive interpretations of her work.
“I think of it as a ‘voice’ more than a ‘style,’” Lilith stated. “I do have pretty strong preferences when it comes to making work ... I used to watch a lot of film as well, which influences the way I depict time passing, especially with my comics.”
While her self-ascribed “voice” is decidedly her own, she’s done some fine tuning and adjusting over the course of the last 10 years.
Fresh out of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the illustrator has begun to make a name for herself in both the online art world and the physical. She’s now based in New York City.
“My goal is to bring my spiritual world into the physical world, to bridge the gap through my art,” she said. For her, bringing her spiritual world into the physical gives her space to connect with others who feel similar to the way she does.
Art and the spaces it creates, for Lilith and many others, is a positive affirmation and a needed reminder that artists aren’t alone.
“It feels good to know I am not alone, and no matter who or what I lose as I go through life, I will have this.”
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Words by Danielle Irene, Ry X
Images courtesy of Lilith Frey
Designer: Kathryn Zix