Artist adds colorful mushroom sculptures to real books
Discarded books are given a second life in Stéphanie Kilgast’s ongoing series of works. The France-based designer explores the relationship between humanity and nature by reusing abandoned objects in beautiful and unexpected ways. His latest works feature colorful sculptures of flora growing on the pages and covers of forgotten books.
From electric blue mushrooms to purple flowers, these organic additions merge with man-made objects to create something new and exciting. Using discarded objects, Kilgast invites viewers to reflect on how people throw away their belongings. At the same time, this series also highlights the splendor and strength of Earth’s biodiversity.
Many pieces in this series display the open vintage editions, as if to be read. But this is not the case; the pages are folded into curls as clumps of flowers and grass grow from the binding. In others, Kilgast constructs mushrooms and corals over the closed form of the book, producing what appears to be a nature-inspired cover.
Kilgast’s work will be on display at the Beinart Gallery in Melbourne from November 5, 2022. You can keep up to date with Kilgast’s latest works by following her on Instagram and checking out more of her portfolio via her website.
Stéphanie Kilgast creates sculptures that reflect the relationship between humanity and nature.
She reuses discarded novels in mixed-media works of art.
Kilgast adds colorful flora sculptures – including mushrooms, corals and flowers – to paperbacks and hardcovers.
She brings life back to forgotten objects.
This series also highlights the beauty of Earth’s biodiversity.
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