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Hello 2020! Hello London!

"Improved Desktop", Ink and Colored Pencils on A0 paper, work in progress, Stephanie Kilgast
“Improved Desktop”, Ink and Colored Pencils on A0 paper, work in progress

It’s been a while I haven’t written on this blog!
Between instagram, my newsletter and patreon, I often don’t take the time to give some updates here. I also have been crazy busy these last weeks… months, actually!

First and foremost, I wish you a happy 2020! May it be a lovely year for you, filled with joy and tenderness and a dash of lemons, so you don’t get bored! Yeah, I know we’re already the 27th of January, but my mum always said you can give your best wishes up until the end of January. And mum’s are always right. ^^

I *just* finished the collaborative piece with The Dulk, “Borneo” which I am thrilled about!
It is most likely sold, we did this one for a collector, and he’ll decide once he sees the final pictures.
Other than that I have been working on a new polar bear sculpture for an upcoming show in Melbourne. (see below)

I also had to finish a series of tutorials for a client which took a bit of my time.

2020 is going to be quite exciting as I will be doing two art residencies, one in London and one in Brooklyn. I really need a change of air and pace and to be able to focus on my work solely, so I am really looking forward to those!

2020 promises also some exceptional group shows in qualitative art galleries, which I am very excited about! More details below!

xx
Stéphanie

Polar Bear sculpture for upcoming group exhibition at Beinart Gallery in Melbourne
Polar Bear sculpture for upcoming group exhibition at Beinart Gallery in Melbourne

ART SHOWS / EXHIBITIONS

2020 – March 7-29– “Miniature Art”, group exhibition, Beinart Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2020 – March – The Other Art Fair, London, UK

2020 – October – “Midnight Garden”, group exhibition, Modern Eden Gallery, San Fransisco, USA
2020 – A whole rainbow painted room at Dédale, Vannes, France

ART RESIDENCIES

→LONDON Feb + March 2020, I will be working at Trinity Art Studios, which is a shared studio.
→BROOKLYN, NY July to mid August 2020 – I will be doing a residency at “The Mothership NYC”

"Borneo", collaborative sculpture with The Dulk, 2020
“Borneo”, collaborative sculpture with The Dulk, 2020

Black DRAWING Friday

Black Drawing Friday, Celebrate Creativity instead of Consumption, Stephanie Kilgast
Black Drawing Friday, Celebrate Creativity instead of Consumption, Stephanie Kilgast

Black Friday is the silliest holiday ever.
Let’s celebrate creativity instead of consumption!
Join the movement! #BlackDrawingFriday
Only use what you have at home!
1. Grab a black pen/pencil
2. Pick any piece of paper
3. Draw
Happy drawing day! 🙂
xx
Stéphanie

Re-Forestation

Reforestation (logging machine) 2019, Stephanie Kilgast
Reforestation (logging machine) 2019, Stephanie Kilgast

Most forests are being cut down these days for agriculture, so our food systems are currently destroying our eco systems.
But what if we had a different way of growing food that would need forests?
This is the goal of permaculture, also known as agroforestry.

To make it real short, the idea of it is to imitate the forest and create a small eco system where you plant various crops together, that will help each other other out.

It is also the life mission of Trees for Future, who have been working on that for the last three decades with proven results.
I stumbled upon their work through a ceramist who was raising funds for them, and looked into their approach a little bit more. I also checked their association on charity navigator and after careful consideration, decided thew were truly a good association to work with.

So I created this painting of a logging machine, typically used for deforestation, that is being over grown with a colorful nature.

The painting is going to be auctioned here and I will donate 10% of the end price to trees.org
However, feel free to donate on your own. I really believe that this type of association can offer a real future to humanity.

xx
Stéphanie

Plane Travelling

Long Landed (Plane), 2019, Watercolor and Ink Painting, Stephanie Kilgast
Long Landed (Plane), 2019, Watercolor and Ink Painting, Stephanie Kilgast

Did you know that a flight from Paris to New-York emits 3 tons of CO2, however in order to stop climate change, each of us is ideally allowed to use 1 ton of CO2 per year.
Plane travelling has become normal in today’s society, so I wanted to point out the issue with travelling too much with that particular transportation.

Like meat, reducing your plane travels consumption is a good thing to do. Though, unlike meat, it can be a lot more difficult if you travel for work or if your family lives on the other side of the world. Or if you simply love to travel!
You can always cheat and do the band-aid option: fly carbone neutral through initiatives like @mindfulflights where you give money on projects that balance your excesses.
But taking the plane a lot less or not at all is certainly more efficient 😀
This post is sponsored, as “mindfulflights” pay my carbon offset if/when I fly.
HOWEVER I think it’s a great initiative and I’ve been wanting to talk about plane traveling for a while now. 
They are a bunch of students who make it easy for us to just offset the money towards projects that are certified by the UN.

You can buy the original painting while it’s there on my website or get a print on redbubble or society6.

xx
Stéphanie

Drinking Cans

Growth on Tin Cans, Sculptures, 2019, Stephanie Kilgast
Growth on Tin Cans, Sculptures, 2019, Stephanie Kilgast

Hello!

I recently finished a new series of sculptures, this time on drinking cans that I picked up in London, while I was there to exhibit at the Other Art Fair.
The colors of each can inspired each growth that came on top of it.

Cans are extremely common nowadays, and while it’s easy to recycle them, they take a huge amount of energy (machines!) and ressources to be created. When you buy a drink in a can, you have to understand that the can is what is actually the most expensive in terms of making and ressources used than the actual drink.

I would suggest to go to bars that use a consignment system on the contenants of their drinks. This used to be the norm, but sadly isn’t anymore.
Or just become tap-water-girl like me… if tap water is drinkable where you live of course, I know, it isn’t always the case.

These sculptures are available and can be found in my shop.

xx
Stéphanie

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