Julia Viljanen is a fledgling artist and illustrator based in Turku, Finland. Approaching serious topics with insolence and humor, her work seeks to break the narrow beauty standards and representations of women and other genders, and to make room for the marginalized bodies in our society. She is inspired by feminist topics, bright colors, powerful characters and witty remarks about modern society.
My work could be characterized as showing a playful middle finger to western beauty standards and patriarchal structures. I feel that breaking the taboos and structures through humor, will bring the topics closer and will lower the threshold to participate in discussion culture.