Environmental damage is a raging issue in present times. And creating awareness about it to sensitize people is a small step in that direction.
That’s precisely what Stephanie Kilgast is doing. And quite splendidly as well!
Stephanie takes the trash that people discard and turns it into amazing works of art. According to the statement given on her website:
“My work is an ode to life, where plants and fungi meet insects, animals and minerals.
These encounters are growing in a colorful swirl of diversity, and the erratic growth develops on found, thrifted or discarded objects, in a dialogue between humanity and nature.
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, we are destroying ourselves.
The rest of nature observes us, waiting to see if we will manage the environmental crisis we have created.
Yet, science, art and abstract thinking make human life worth saving. So it’s up to us to find an equilibrium between our activities, and our desire to thrive intellectually and culturally, without completely eradicating our very home.
Let nature grow back.”
Let nature grow back—that’s what her sculptures also demonstrate. She uses discarded stuff like cans and plastic bottles. She then creates miniature flora and fauna using clay to make the sculptures complete.
Stephanie makes these sculptures to create awareness about the numerous causes such as the depletion of coral reefs, plantation of trees, and preservation of insects. She participates in various exhibitions and fairs from time to time to take her cause further out in the world.
So far, Stephanie’s sculptures have been exhibited in America, Asia and Europe. Her work is also available for sale on her website.
Stephanie’s growing popularity reinforces how her passion for environmental conservation is resonating with people around the world. And it should too, because this is the only planet we have for living. Going by the destruction that the rapid development is causing to nature and everything in it, if we don’t start taking concrete steps, soon there won’t be any planet left to live on.
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