Illma Gore is pretty badass. Full of funny one-liners, she's brilliantly clever and wonderfully confident.
She really wants you to know she's single as well.
“I get a lot of exposure overseas as well as in Australia, not that that's any motivation, I don't do my art for that. But I like spreading. Wow that sounds wrong, spreading my seed among the people. I get around a lot I suppose. And I'm single, you can put that in. Just make the headline 'Illma: Single',” says the Brisbane street artist.
Set to be a part of 2high Festival in November, she'll be exhibiting a live art installation over a four-hour period recreating the Mona Lisa on a temporary wall using aerosol paint and giving the famous painting her own signature twist.
“It's badass [working with aerosol]. Something about colour in a little can and taking to the streets, it's an expression of freedom and showing people that.”
Not only is she making waves in the art industry the world over, she's remarkably articulate in her political views. She recently attracted media attention when she rode through the CBD topless with 'My shirt didn't match my rights' painted on her back in protest to Tony Abbott's comments on same-sex marriage.
“When I did the topless ride in Brisbane they [Triple M] wrote 'Topless Lesbian Rides CBD'. I'm like 'it's a goddamn political statement'. I believe government bodies have reached their pinnacle. People are tired of being exploited and they find ways to be free and spread real freedom. Ironically that's the exact expression of street art.”
Illma Gore's live art installation will be at the 2High Festival Saturday November 2 at 3pm.