The vibrant and colorful sculptures and paintings of Stéphanie Kilgast show the constant struggle of human v. Mother Nature. Her work brings up the ever present conversation of environmental stewardship and the numerous extinctions, deforestations, and pollution on earth. The sharp reminder of our actions and their repercussions on the environment are the tactile objects she uses such as old soda cans, tin cans and the like to show the waste from us trying to be reclaimed by Mother Nature.
Unlike many artists creating bodies of work that speak to the ever growing environmental issues, the thing I like most about her work is the element of hope within it, yes the human race really needs to reevaluate and drastically change mass consumption and waste, but there is hope for change and for Mother Nature if we make the necessary changes, the beauty of Mother Nature can flourish.
Her work is colorful, vibrant and leaves you with an equal mix of harsh reality and hope at the same time. If you are looking for some unique and beautiful art with a powerful message check out her website and shop below and be sure to give her a follow on social media.
Can you tell us about your work, when did you start creating?
I currently am working in two mediums. In my sculptural work, I take trash or discarded objects and cover them in a sculpted representation of nature. In my pictorial work, a building is drawn with ink in a very graphic style and then covered in vibrant natural growth painted in watercolor. At the core, my work is about the climate crisis we are facing and the 6th mass extinction and how it is linked to our every day activities.This specific artistic research dates back from mid 2017. However I have been sculpting professionally since 2008.
How would you describe your home decor style?
Simple? I don’t really care too much about home decor to be honest. I like my walls to be painted in white, but that’s about it. The architecture of a space matters to me more though. I like to see the structure, big windows and interesting volumes. When the structure of a house is beautiful, decor doesn’t matter much, it just supports what is already there.
What inspires you when you get in a rut?
Pictures of nature and art. I rarely am stuck in a rut though, I simply work daily, no matter if my ideas seem good or not.
When I need a break, I read, play or do something unrelated to art.
What colors do you enjoy using in your art the most and why?
All of them! However I prefer bright colors, I have a grudge against pastel colors, which I find to be depressing.
Certain color combos have a tendency to come back in my work, pink and turquoise, purple and orange, blue and yellow to name a few.
Where do you create most of your work, what is your space like?
I work from home. I am fortunate enough to have a rather big studio with perfect ceiling lighting. I actually have a shed roofing, so plenty of natural light.
Name 3 crafters, artists or designers that you follow and love their work…
The first 3 artists that come to my mind, otherwise I’d be listing 100!
Ellen Jewett, Vorja Sanchez, Alvar Naddeo
What are your favorite items decorating your home and why?
I don’t really bother too much about decorating my house.