Kalila (Huh-LEE-luh) J. Fuller is a Native American illustrator born and raised in Portland. Her personal work centers on themes surrounding civil and social inequality within the United States, her heritage, and her childhood experiences growing up in Oregon. She can be reached by putting out a fresh cup of chai at dawn while humming an out-of-tune 80’s hit, or by email at email@example.com.
What word do you overuse?
Kalila: Makes finger guns hand motion while simultaneously saying “Finger guns.” Usually to signify an end to a rant or story.
What would your alter ego do, if not design/illustration?
Kalila: I really wanted to be an Egyptologist ever since my parents took me to see a mummy exhibit at OMSI when I was 5.
What is one thing you want to learn right now?
Kalila: A new language. Maybe Spanish?
What do you do to get “unstuck?”
Kalila: I do all the things I’ve been putting off doing while trying to “make art.” That usually involves cleaning my house/studio. Usually getting proactive about those things relieves my subconscious, and then it is easier to focus on a project.
Sweet or salty? Cake or pie? Coffee/tea?
Kalila: Sweet. Cake (pie is just hot fruit). TEA.