Les Portes de Mazamet: Montagne Noire, 2017

“Les Portes de Mazamet” is a series of watercolour studies of Mazametan doors. Hand made with care and precision, most of these doors date to the beginning of the 20th century, when the pelt and textile mills provided a steady trickle of wealth into this town and the surrounding areas, making it possible for the… Continue reading Les Portes de Mazamet: Montagne Noire, 2017

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Portrait of the Purple Pulser: Edinburgh College of Art 2012-2013

Having returned to the Edinburgh College of Art for her third year, Lilja was ready to continue her exploration of painting “things”: giant floating doll’s heads, things without a defined background and things that in essence were formed only by the background alone.  The continuous thread of wishing to combine traditional painting with purely decorative… Continue reading Portrait of the Purple Pulser: Edinburgh College of Art 2012-2013

You Must Die, I Alone Am Best: Edinburgh College of Art 2011-2012

This period in Lilja’s oeuvre is characterised by intense self-exploration, in the form of violently unflattering auto-portraiture designed to expose and revel in the perceived imperfections of the artist, slowly giving way to more gentile reworking of the iconography of her childhood, concluding in pieces that are more resolved, if not minimalist in comparison. A… Continue reading You Must Die, I Alone Am Best: Edinburgh College of Art 2011-2012

Night of the Living Cats: Edinburgh College of Art 2010-2011

Created during her first year in the Edinburgh College of Art, these paintings represent Lilja’s practice in flux.  For any young artist, this is a time of experimentation, taking risks and learning lessons.  Some of the themes and techniques first seen in this period continue to inspire the artist to this day, as others have… Continue reading Night of the Living Cats: Edinburgh College of Art 2010-2011