Lava, Sculpture, Mixed Media, 2017, Stéphanie Kilgast

Lava, Sculpture, Mixed Media, 2017, Stéphanie Kilgast

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Lately, I’ve been trying to push my sculptures into a subtle surrealism, without falling to much into fairyland.
Proves harder than expected, but art is harder than you might think.
I’ve also finally tried to work with human objects, it’s been on my mind for quite some time, and I’m still toying around with ideas and possibilities.
To keep your work coherent is a fine line between letting your mind flow and yet not indulging in creating everything that goes on in your own mind.
These extensions of “growth” are a bit the counter side of the balance between humans and nature. This time, nature is taking over. Earth might loose a big chunk of biodiversity, but it’ll be fine, humans just might not see it.

I feel very wary these days considering the faith of humankind, it all seems a little hopeless at times.
Western “developed” societies are so intertwined in a destructive system of ever growing and mind numbing consumption that I don’t really see how we can heal what we destroyed. More often than not, it seems we are putting a bandage on a broken leg. We often focus on details and it seems most of us, especially the powerful ones, are in complete denial. Or they just don’t care, it’s hard to tell.

It is a pity, as humans have so much to offer in terms of intellectual and scientific advancement, as much as in cultural ones, but these days humans are reduced and described as consumers, when we really thrive as creators and thinkers.
And it’s always the “consumer’s” fault, as if anyone ever asked to have apples wrapped twice in packaging or to be fed that being happy is to own new things on a daily basis.
A lot of our precious ressources are completely wasted on junk, excessive packaging, or simply unsustainable practices.
More than ever we need to find a balance between being intellectually and culturally satisfied without turning earth into a place that is hostile for humans.
Because, that’s what it’s about.
Earth doesn’t care, she has seen much worse.

On this bright note, July is plastic free month in Australia, and while I’m always a little cautious about putting all the responsibility onto the “consumer’s” shoulders. (As if we would only exist to consume good or bad products…)
It is always good to start somewhere and if the industrials and the governments don’t care about reducing plastic packaging and one-use plastic containers, we will not just stand by and watch.
Here plastic free july, it’s mostly about refusing what they call “single-use plastic” : straws, plastic containers for food, plastic bags, plastic water bottles and plastic packaging.

EDIT : in my personal non artistic life, I already live rather plastic free : I drink tap water from glass bottle, I make my own vegan milk (oats or almonds), I never use plastic bags to shop, my beauty routine is alep soap and olive oil and I mostly buy bulk at the farmer’s market for local fruit and vegetables or in our organic shop for rice and grains.
However I tend to buy tofu and occasionally fake meats (we eat vegan at home) and I don’t want to stop using normal toothpaste. We also get take-out foods from time to time.


12 thoughts on “Seeking Surrealism

  • June 30, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I love these mushrooms, so realistic. They could be from an alien planet.

  • June 30, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Hi Stephanie. . Das sieht wunderschön aus. Für mich sind die Pilze die Menschen, die sich auf das letzte Stück gerettet haben was noch lebenswert ist. Dahinter ist der schwarze Fluss der alles mitnimmt. Also eine kleine Rettungsinsel sozusagen. Die man oder ich sich jeden Tag suchen muss. Für mich ist das oft deine Kunst. Ich mag sie so sehr und sie inspiriert mich weil ich finde , das , genau wie auch du , sie “echt “ist. Jeden Tag lässt man sich blenden und belügen. Aber deins kommt von Herzen. Toll das es dich gibt und du den Mut hast deine Kunst zu leben.

    • June 30, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Vielen lieben Dank für deine netten Worte! Das freut mich sehr. Kunst ist nicht immer einfach.

  • June 30, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Ah, that’s great you also are joining with plastic free July! It’s a lifestyle for us, but a reason to spread the word 🙂 Spoken about feeling very very vulnerable in this ‘balance’ between human and nature. This month was one of depressive outcome that put not only me very down and in a state of ‘its getting real’ climate change, but a whole country! With the fires that killed over 60 people in portugal, because
    of human plantation, because of human greed over respecting nature, because ….
    Well, one has to think what each of us can do, to solve this problem. I think time of talking is running out and it’s about moving, acting, doing something! Replant the forest, clean up plastic, eat less/no meat/fish, protect bees, save seeds and exchange them, … and educate people 🙂
    Love how all these wonders comes to life through your work! And how you show the fantastic pacha mama 🙂

    • June 30, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Yes, it’s mostly a lifestyle for us too, I added a little edited text in the post.
      And yes looking at the world and it’s “leaders” decisions recently, one has to wonder where we are all headed.

  • June 30, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I love the mushroom/bug mix. Subtle and clever!
    I find it very hard to find balance in our western society, it’s difficult to change while living inside of it. Up until recentlly I had little interaction with the “outside” world…but now that I have colleagues I realize that I have changed a lot already…without realizing. They all find it bizarre that I don’t eat meat, don’t drink bottled water, don’t use plastic bags…to me those were very easy, natural changes…to them it’s still unfathomable.

    • June 30, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Lead by example! Most people will change over time if you are always around with your ethical choices and explain why you made them.
      I also found most changes easy, but some are more difficult. (I’m looking at you cheese)
      And often people start slowly by eating less meat, getting a reusable bag for shopping and slowly changing towards a more sustainable life.
      But I tend to agree that the “outside” world is often rather depressing ^^’

  • June 30, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Beautiful art as always!

  • June 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    This is a huge problem. I hate salesmen who give me extra plastic bags. I take in the store a home-made milk bottle or a sour cream can

  • June 30, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    This piece is amazing!

  • June 30, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    I think people will wake up when it is almost or already too late.
    People always choose money over environment, that is the problem.
    Many years ago a man invented car tires that had a life span of 50 years, Michelin bought the invention so that it would never hit the market and they can continue to sell tires that need to be renewed every few years. There are so many stories, and money always wins 🙁

    Love your new piece!


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