Sculptor Stéphanie Kilgast

by | Nov 12, 2021 | Reef | 0 comments

Inspired by natural forms, Stéphanie Kilgast’s artwork is an ode to nature and its current biodiversity. Plants, mushrooms, insects and other animals encounter in a vibrant swirl of colors under her brush or sculpting tools.

She started her series “Discarded Objects” in 2017, where she grows colorful organic sculptures on manufactured objects, celebrating the beauty of nature in a dialogue with humanity, questioning the lost balance between human activities and nature.

Her work has a cheerful post apocalyptic feel to it, a reassuring reminder that nature has the capacity to grow back, if we only let it.

Says Stephanie: “I finally finished not only the seventeen pieces of the psychedelic colored coral reef wall installation, but I also edited a class about it on Skillshare and you can see snippets of the process as well on YouTube.

What a journey it has been to work on these massive sculptures! They will be installed on a library for a nomadic exhibition that will start next year, I cannot wait to see the final result! I will certainly keep you updated once I have in situ pictures of these!

The seventeen coral pieces took about 3 months to complete, while also taking over my life and art studio.
Here are some close-up pictures of the sculptures.

My work is an ode to life.

I use trash, old objects and books onto which I create a vibrant, abounding representation of plants, animals and fungi.

This wild encounter of natural forms and bright colors onto human-made objects come to life in my sculptural and pictorial work.
Humans are a part of nature, which we often like to forget, creating an artificial barrier of tar between us and the mud. Unfortunately, by destroying our environment so radically, we are destroying ourselves.

It is up to us to find an equilibrium between our activities, and our desire to thrive intellectually and culturally, without completely eradicating our very home.

With my choice of bold and vibrant colors, I offer a cheerful post-apocalyptic world. While I talk about a heavy subject, the disastrous impact of human activities, I also wish that people leave my work with a feeling of happiness and hope, and keep fighting.
In the end, through my work, I would like to provoke wonder of the living while questioning the status quo of our current societies.”

Stephanie’s sculpture will be displayed in March, 2022. Check back HERE for more information!

  • xeniaforever

    As senior editor here at reefs, I get to work with scientists from all over the world, and have made some wonderful friends in the industry! I also write for the site, and am the office manager at FRESH New London and the mother of two brilliant, talented young women.


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