Monica Ila’s favourite thing is monsters. She is a multidisciplinary artist from Calgary, Alberta. Her work includes murals, sculpture, painting, paper-cutting and puppetry. She enjoys working with acrylics, vibrant colours and crisp lines. She dreams up new worlds and beings to live within them, making her characters three-dimensional and often life sized. Her sculptures are made from repurposed materials, a multitude of fun fur and are only limited by the height of her studio ceiling. She loves that paper-cutting is an environmentally friendly way to create intricate sculptures, puppets and shadow scenes. Playfulness is the most important theme within her work.
Monica is currently pursuing a BFA in Sculpture at the Alberta University of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo shows in galleries and public institutions across Canada. Monica is keen to create art in communities and within under-utilized spaces. She believes that art is instrumental in bringing communities closer together and in rediscovering the whimsy within our daily lives.