Ilana's works explore home and our aspirations, confronting us with contradictions in our culture around beauty and growth. "The surfaces in my studio alternate between glossy, crusty, and ephemeral," she says. "I think about how the artist’s studio might be analogous to other spaces of creation. I pick at the trope of a solitary genius flinging around paint between white walls. I wonder: Which kinds of creative labor are revered, and which are mundane? How is a studio different from a kitchen? Both are spaces where we shape our identity by surrounding ourselves with what we have made."