Indonesian Deforestation, 2017, Sculptural Painting, Stéphanie Kilgast

Indonesian Deforestation, 2017, Sculptural Painting, Stéphanie Kilgast

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Palm oil has a very high yield, at least twice as much as any other oil. So avoiding palm oil completely is probably not the best idea. HOWEVER avoiding unsustainable palm oil certainly is.
Read more :
Can Palm Oil Deforestation Be Stopped? // Why Only Sustainable Intensification Can Save Indonesia’s Forests
Why Everyone, Including Vegans, Should Consume Palm Oil

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Hello!
So I finally finished the artwork about the Indonesian Deforestation.
I applied the last bits of paint last week and the last bits of varnish yesterday.

About the Artwork

It is a rather straight-forward artwork. The Indonesian Rainforests have experienced a loss of 50% in just 50 years, so I cut the artwork in two, replacing what used to be the rainforests with an outlined human, rough black paint and some text.
I thought at some point to just fill this space with text, going into the various reasons of the deforestation (palm oil industry, unsustainable logging, too much logging roads, etc)  but all have one common denominator : humans, so I decided this would be more to the point.

I filled the human space with following text :

Corruption
Conversion to
Palm Oil
Plantations for
Industrial
Products
Profit
Over
Biodiversity
Damn It
Human
Get your shit
Together
We Just
Have
1 Earth

I decided to put light on the palm oil industry, as I feel that is what westerners can work on more easily without much effort, just avoid unsustainable palm oil products using palmoilinvestigations.org or give up palm oil as a whole, since it’s not a necessary ingredient in most cases.
And I wanted a “funny” catchy end, hence the cursing.

More info about deforestation :
http://www.ran.org/indonesian-rainforests
https://www.worldwildlife.org/initiatives/forests

I’ve also read a bunch of articles on Center for International Forestry Research, but can’t find the specific ones I read, so here just two :
http://www.cifor.org/library/6227/rapid-conversions-and-avoided-deforestation-examining-four-decades-of-industrial-plantation-expansion-in-borneo/
http://www.cifor.org/library/2802/evaluating-whether-protected-areas-reduce-tropical-deforestation-in-sumatra/

Why is Deforestation an Issue?

80% of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests. Rainforests are loaded with unique biodiversity.
Forest soak up carbon dioxyde and store it away, destroying forests, especially through fire, releases all the CO2 back in the atmosphere.
Rainforest soils are moist, without trees, they dry up and end up being transformed into deserts.
https://www.worldwildlife.org/initiatives/forests

Thoughtful Living

In a nutshell, I would like to remind everyone that what may balance our future from “completely doomed” to “it sucks, but it’s still livable” is everyone making tiny changes in their life, so here, next to “avoid palm oil”, just a few suggestions, working towards zero waste (using your own bags when shopping, buying from local farmers, avoiding heavily packaged foods), buying less, reducing your meat consumption, and the 5 R from Zero Waste Home : refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot.
Support planting trees by using https://www.ecosia.org to search the web and disable adblock is another easy thing to do.
And unless you care about beauty products, olive oil as facial cream works great and if your skin doesn’t like it after a couple of weeks, you still can revert back to whatever you were using before.

Sculpting Details and Tutorials

If you have been following my work closely, you will know I have recorded a lot of this artwork for my youtube channel, and here below is a list of all sculptures that I did record.

Javan rhinoceros : https://youtu.be/RxU6XTfIWOs
Orangutan : https://youtu.be/c2OPW1e2VGo
Recycled Paper Palm Trees : https://youtu.be/SUTQaR-XlhU (I ended up not using this one, as they were too fragile and just didn’t quite fit)
Rafflesia Arnoldii : https://youtu.be/ASYZVVCsKW4
Pitcher Plant Nepenthes : https://youtu.be/PK1hho0HRs0
Titan Arum : https://youtu.be/8gUiK19dBws
Javan Green Magpie : https://youtu.be/DzUJcPKc_Wk
Sumatran Tiger : https://youtu.be/Vuq36VTspR0
Orchids : https://youtu.be/5Oc2Uvyx7jY

 

I’ve send it to the art competition of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. I expect there will be much better artists than me competing, so I don’t believe I’ll win, however I hope the artwork will be selected for the exhibition. Of course, I try not to hope too much either, so we will see.

Lastly I would like to thank my patreons who have supported me financially, your help means the world to me!
But also all those who have watched, commented and liked my youtube videos, supporting me financially with their time.
Thank you!

xx
Stéphanie

15 thoughts on “Indonesian Deforestation

  • February 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm
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    Beautiful art and important statement!

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  • February 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm
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    Such an amazing art piece, love how you show the contrast of the amazing beauty of nature and the ugliness of what we people leave behind. I wish the whole world would be like the right side, and fingers crossed for the competition!

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    • March 1, 2017 at 5:32 pm
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      Glad you like it! I wish the world would be a little more sane. I understand the need to deforest a bit for agriculture, but this is madness. And thank you!

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  • February 20, 2017 at 7:13 pm
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    Good luck for the competition! Your work is amazing and the topic is very important for the future of the world.

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  • February 20, 2017 at 8:49 pm
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    Cette “peinture sculpture” est fantastique!
    Bravo!

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  • February 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm
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    Cette “peinture-sculpture” est fantastique! bravo!

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  • February 20, 2017 at 10:03 pm
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    It’s a great piece of art! And the statement is a very important topic.

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  • February 20, 2017 at 10:57 pm
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    I tend to agree with everything you said except for Adblock ; advertisement is a visual pollution in itself whether it is in the streets, on tv/radio or on the web. I think you shouldn’t encourage people to disable Adblock, except if they want to support an artist who need to make an income throught YouTube or a website that really bring value, for example. That’s my opinion.
    Et bravo pour votre travail !

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    • February 21, 2017 at 6:31 pm
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      But that is exactly what I’m saying, disable adblock to support planting trees through the use of ecosia.
      I also think ads on the street is a very different thing than ads before content you want to read or watch, because ads are exactly what you pay to get that content without having to give money. You should be able to walk around your town without having to pay extra for it, as you already pay taxes to live in that place. So two very different things.

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  • February 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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    Great work and very important statement that you support with it.
    I wish you the best of luck at the competition. Even if you do not win, that is a great opportunity to be seen and heard.

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