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Hello there!

Remember when I used to blog twice a week?
Yeah, me neither, it’s been too long!
I completely blame social media. I really update over there so often that I don’t do it here.
Currently twice on my Instagram and one video per week on Youtube.
But it’s a mistake! Social media comes and goes, some stay some die, but I have full control over my own website.

Also, got a newsletter and my subscribers know always first when I have some new art available.

Google Analytics? Gone!

It took me forever to realize this, but I have been recently looking for a new coder for my website maintenance and during one chat I realized I never use google analytics, but they reap the benefits of all the data collected from you guys who come here to see my art.
And so after a few days of thinking and a bunch on online searches, I decided to get rid of it, and yes, I removed google analytics from my website.
No more useless data tracking!

This website still uses cookies, as, from my understanding, you can’t have a webshop, blog and contact form without them, but hey, it’s a lot less invasive now.

Human Tide, Sculpture on Trash, 2020, Stephanie Kilgast
Human Tide, Sculpture on Trash, 2020, Stephanie Kilgast

Human Tide + Conservation

I have also finally finished a new artwork to put on my website that doesn’t go through a gallery! This one is my third polar bear sculpture and a lot darker than the previous ones. but the world is a mess in terms of environment, politics and social questions. So it feels accurate.
I went for “human tide” because it reminded me of a “black tide” (the oil spill) but this time, the problem is us, humans.
From now on I will also give off 10% to conservation organizations from my art sales. Considering systemic change is still far from upon us, I feel that this bandaid is quite crucial.

Blue Boletus for #GameOfShrooms , Sculpture on Tin Can, 2020
Blue Boletus for #GameOfShrooms , Sculpture on Tin Can, 2020

#GameOfShrooms

On a more cheerful note, I participate in a worldwide game/event created by @attayumfactory
The idea is to create mushroom related art, hide it where you live and people can then seek and find it to keep. I know one of my friends is really interested so at least I know someone will find and keep it, that really was my biggest fear, that nobody would want it ^^’
I will be hiding blue boletus somewhere in Vannes this coming Saturday, August 15.

Breathe, Mixed Media Sculpture on Gas Mask, 2020, Stephanie Kilgast
Breathe, Mixed Media Sculpture on Gas Mask, 2020, Stephanie Kilgast

Breathe

I realize I didn’t write this here on this blog, but my gaz mask is currently in London, so if you live there or are not far from there, go see it. I wrote about it my portfolio/shop. I always update it when I have new artworks, I just don’t always blog about it.
I highly encourage you to go check it out, I think art should be experienced in real if you can, just make an appointment with Trinity Art Gallery first.
Available, please contact Trinity Art Gallery in London if interested.

B's Dead, Sculpture on Artist's own Childhood Barbie, 2019
B’s Dead, Sculpture on Artist’s own Childhood Barbie, 2019

B’s Dead

My childhood barbie doll in blue coral goo is also there ­čÖé
Also available, please contact Trinity Art Gallery in London if interested.

Really ought to write more often on this blog!
Hope you are all doing ok in this mad, mad world!
xx
St├ęphanie

Environmental Day 2020

Nature Doesn't Produce Trash, Ink and Watercolor Painting, Stephanie Kilgast, 2020
Nature Doesn’t Produce Trash, Ink and Watercolor Painting, Stephanie Kilgast, 2020

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Next to the usual biodiversity collapse Earth is experiencing and the pandemic, racism has crept back quite viciously. Or rather, there was a tipping point where the people decided not to stay silent anymore in face of racial discrimination and absurd death. As a society we need to care about and respect everyone, no matter their origins.If we are not even able to care about our own species, how are we ever going to care about all the rest of nature?

If you’d like to read more about Black Lives Matter and understand the issues at stake, they have a great website.

ENVIRONMENTAL DAY: WHAT CAN YOU DO?

But today is Environmental Day and climate change is an urgent issue.
This year theme is biodiversity, if you’d like to read more about it, here the United Nation’s website about that topic
The United Nations have also made a PDF with a lot of different ressources for you to read.

As individuals, you can change your lifestyle as following:

  • inform yourself about best environmental practices
  • buy consciously : repair before buying, buy what is necessary, buy second hand, buy ethical and check how something was made, where it was made and so on
  • eat less (or no) meat, more on that in this post I wrote
  • use your own bags when shopping
  • buy local as much as you can
  • cook from scratch and avoid industrial foods, most industrial foods are heavily packaged for little health benefits.
  • travel less and avoid planes
  • replace harsh cleaning chemicals with castille soap, baking soda and vinegar to clean your home
  • donate to conservation organizations. You can now find websites that rate charities so you’re sure to give your money to the right ones. You can use Charity Watch or Charity Navigator for instance.
    I like the charity “Conservation International” because it’s not just one part of the world. It thrives to work a bit everywhere where needed.

If you have anything to add to this list, please comment below!

Hope you are all safe and sound!
xx
St├ęphanie

Here a video of the process of making “Nature Doesn’t Produce Trash” and talking about the subject

Ocean Acidification

Ocean Acidification, Ink and Watercolor Painting, Stephanie Kilgast, 2020
Ocean Acidification, Ink and Watercolor Painting, Stephanie Kilgast, 2020

Ocean Acidification

I am currently working with Pangeaseed Foundation on a future print to release at the end of the year for ocean conservation.

I offered to make three different paintings and to let people choose their favorites at the end. Here is the first in some more muted colors.

Ocean acidification happens excessive CO2 production is absorbed by oceans making them more acidic.
This is destroying reef beyond salvaging, when the oceans become more acidic they start to dissolve anything that is bony. That includes of course the base structure of coral reefs. Corals are a symbiosis of a bone-like structure and some algae. The algae leaves the coral when the oceans are getting warmer, but they can come back if the temperature goes back down.
However with acidification the damage is far worse as the structure itself is weakened.

Read more about it:

– International Union for the Conservation of Nature – Issues Brief

– Smithsonian Institution

– National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Ocean acidification

– The Ocean is Getting More Acidic – National Geographic

Coloring Page

I made this painting into a coloring page as well for you to enjoy and maybe ponder about ocean acidification with your kids or friends.
Many of us are still self isolating and I don’t think life is going to go back to whatever it used to be so fast, so here a small gift from me to keep you occupied.

Rainbow Bottles

Rainbow Bottles, Mixed Media on Plastic Bottle, 2020, Stephanie Kilgast
Rainbow Bottles, Mixed Media on Plastic Bottle, 2020, Stephanie Kilgast

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while that I haven’t posted about new finished artworks.
Since the rainbow room I painted last year at d├ędale, I have been putting a lot more time and effort in each artwork, because I realized, that is the most precious thing an artist can offer to the world, its time.

Since the beginning of the year, well actually last year, I have been working on these very bright candy like colored plastic bottles.
At the core, this series is about plastic pollution and the biggest myth of our societies: plastic is never green.
When you recycle it you always have to add new fresh plastic to it, so it can’t be a closed loop.
Also plastic can only be recycled a few times, after that it looses its structure too much.

As a general rule of thumb, packaging is always a bit of an issue and should be kept to a minimum or avoided if possible.
Even with actually eco-friendly packaging materials, you still need a lot of energy and ressources to make the packaging and then still a lot of energy to recycle it.

It always makes be a bit sad when brands spend so much energy, time, effort and materials on pretty packaging instead of keeping it at a minima and spending time making their product ethical and sustainable. But this is just how mad our world is.

SCULPTURES

The black bottle had a bit of an accident, so I will have to repair it or just keep it to myself.
I’m working on darker more muted tones right now, so it will fit nicely in my next art update.
The orangutan and octopus are being send today to Beinart Gallery for their upcoming group show “Small Works”.
The three others are available amont other available artworks.

COVID-19

I am fine, are you?

xx
St├ęphanie

Earth Day – 50th Anniversary

Candi(e)d Watch, Sculpture, 2017, Artwork by St├ęphanie Kilgast
Candi(e)d Watch, Sculpture, 2017, Artwork by St├ęphanie Kilgast

For the 50th anniversary of┬á#EarthDay┬á­čîŹ
I dug out “Candi(e)d Watch”, 2017. ­čĹü´ŞĆ­čî╗­čî╝­čĹÇ
In this one, nature is watching us, humans, as our history unravels.
It feels more true now, with the Covid-19 crisis, than ever.
——
In these uncertain times, when systemic change is forced upon us, the question remains.
Will we be able to choose a path that is sustainable and socially just ?

We certainly live at a historic moment but we have to be as watchful as ever at what is going to be implemented. This is not a time to be dormant about it. Revolutions always start at the bottom and governments are nothing without the support of the base.

We need a green revolution, a social one and an economic one. The whole system is currently being teared down and building a new one back up, especially in a time of crisis, is bound to be complex and will take a few years. but it might just be the nudge to gear towards a better world.

While we might rejoice in the end of our current madness, we should not let our guards down and be careful at what we do next. —–
Don’t forget that the notion of economy is only an intellectual and societal construct, however natural ressources are a reality. ­čîŹ

xx
St├ęphanie