Backlash, Sculptural Painting, 2016, Stéphanie Kilgast

Backlash, Sculptural Painting, 2016, Stéphanie Kilgast

Backlash.
What a dramatic title! It is the title of my latest and almost first sculptural painting.
Yes, it’s a big change in my work, which bears a lot of extra questions, but more on that in a future post.

If you’d rather take the art in without any explanation, just skip the text between the dashes.
Art should be free of explanations for anyone, and I believe that once it’s done, it should be left to the viewer.
That being said, as an artist, I like to understand (sometimes) where the art is coming from.

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Backlash is made out of two panels that overlap.
The panel in front is bursting with energy, symbolized by crystals that grow from mere paint to big chunks. The crystals symbolize the artistic energy and creativity, and as the ideas grow and take shape, they crystallize in something real and tangible.
The panel underneath is black with vertical dashes in hues of blue. Some crystallized tears appear. (exactly seven – a prime number, I have a fascination for science)
This very dark panel represents the depression that follows a burst of creative energy, when I fall down a pit.
It is necessary for my brain to recharge, but it is also a bit unsettling and well… sad.
Yet, this depression is key for the cycle to begin again, so the dark panel finishes with a burst of teal blue that is the point of origin of the growing crystals.

The paint is done now, but still needs some varnishing, so it can’t be for sale just yet.
Also, I made a few sketches of other sculptural paintings, around the theme of emotions and contrast.
I want to have a little serie of 5 or 6 (more or less) before putting them in the world.
It’s likely I’ll try to sell them on an online art gallery or maybe find a local art gallery. This is all still very new to me, and although I have a vague idea on how to approach this, I’m likely going to fail a few times before finding the perfect approach to my work.

thank you for coming with me on this exciting journey!
xx
Stéphanie

16 thoughts on “Backlash // Sculptural Paint

  • August 29, 2016 at 2:40 pm
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    Stunning Stephanie……..some alliteration is necessary for this piece! I loved knowing what the meaning was to you as an artist, for me as a viewer, it is just pretty, but now it has a deeper significance. Fantastic work!

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  • August 29, 2016 at 6:45 pm
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    It is gorgeous! I love the two layers of it – the dark and the white with crystals.
    And reading your explanation, I love it even more!

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  • August 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm
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    Stéphanie, your sculptural painting is amazing …. beautiful!!! I love the choice of colors on both canvases. Thank you for the description for this wonderful artwork. It is always nice to know what is in the artist’s thoughts. Again, beautiful … thank you for sharing!!!

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  • August 29, 2016 at 9:34 pm
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    It looks amazing! I like the concept and I think it can be studied all along your creative journey!

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  • August 30, 2016 at 1:13 am
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    Just incredible work! When I saw one of this pictures first on instagram it almost looked like the back of a whale/dragon coming out of the water. It got my imagination wild 🙂 beautifully made, I love the colors and the different dimensions you create!

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    • August 30, 2016 at 7:51 am
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      ah yes it does! I love what you saw! That’s also why I like to give art out in the world without explanation sometimes, so people are free to see what they want 🙂

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  • August 30, 2016 at 4:33 am
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    merci pour ces explications
    dans ton cheminement intérieur et artistique
    bon courage et à suivre

    je ne connais pas la signification de ce mot quelle serait ta meilleure traduction ?

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    • August 30, 2016 at 4:34 am
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      google dit contrecoup mais ?

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      • August 30, 2016 at 7:50 am
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        oui, contrecoup. L’idée est qu’après une période de créativité (euphorie) intense, tu sombres dans la dépression, par nécessité physiologique et émotionnelle.
        Et merci!

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        • August 31, 2016 at 4:40 am
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          merci pour ta réponse (même si je partage pas vraiment ce concept mais c’est le tien et ta façon de fonctionner je ne juge pas )

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  • August 30, 2016 at 12:39 pm
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    C’est vrai que l’art n’a pas besoin d’explication, c’est ce que nous ressentons face à une œuvre qui la fait vivre, mais tes explications sont très intéressantes, au delà de l’œuvre c’est l’artiste qui se découvre !
    Tu vas peut-être trouver ça bizarre, mais quand je regarde ton tableau de face, la disposition des cristaux me fait penser à un animal (aquatique peut-être) en mouvement, il avance, il trace son chemin … comme toi. biz

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  • September 2, 2016 at 4:10 am
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    Absolutely stunning and meaningful! Looking forward to seeing more of this series. Love your creativity! Thank you sharing.

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