Ilithya’s diverse interests are informed by a creative childhood. ‘Since I was little, I was surrounded by art, films, music.’ Her mother painted cubist works, and ‘she taught us about Picasso, and said she liked it because it was not so linear. She did [a painting] of a woman having breakfast, and I remember me and my brother used to just stare at it, and I had a hard time seeing it. Now I see it right away, but as a child it was hard’. Ilithya has ‘never played in a band, but I was always in the scene since I was a teenager’. Visual art allows her to combine all these passions: ‘When I work with visual art, I can get inspired by some film and maybe some photos, and make an abstract thing out of it’.
Creative coding was the key to allowing Ilithya to fully realise her creative openness of mind and spirit, to find a niche that fulfils the many aspects of her practice. Introduced to creative coding by a fellow designer in Hamburg, Ilithya says ‘we couldn’t conceive of people doing this with algorithms … I started to dig deep as well myself, and found something that really took my interest. [With creative coding] I can do design but also art, because it doesn’t have to be so linear.’