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Black and white sketch of a girl sitting on a sofa. She has shoulder-length hair and is wearing a casual tunic and jeans

Recurring themes of women and loneliness occur in the illustrations of Idalia Candelas. Her drawings are a mix of ink, watercolor, and collage combined with digital illustration. We see loneliness at the door, as the only visitor in these seductive and silent works of women in repose. And it’s not just the women who are lonely; it exists in the spaces themselves, but in their emptiness the artist illustrates a quiet contentment. The Mexico City-based artist studied graphic design from UNAM. We talked to Candelas about her influences and artistic process behind each picture.

Read the rest of the article and an interview with Idalia here.

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