Blue Ridge

Alyse-Ambriel Hanna


Ambriel Studios
Boise, ID, United States

5.75" x 5.75" x 4.5"

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Photo credit: Alyse-Ambriel Hanna

Blue Ridge is a sculpture that reflects the plant species I encountered while in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In this wearable piece, the blooming form is connected to the breathing cycles used in meditation, while the radial designs of the flowers and foliage draw from mandalas. Blue Ridge is fabricated from hand-sawn low-carbon iron that I have vitreous enameled onto, utilizing a color palette where blue and green tones fade into one another. These colors are inspired by the layered appearance of the Blue Ridge Moutain scape as the sun rises and sets and the moisture of the clouds comfortably become nestled between the peaks and valleys.

Alyse-Ambriel Hanna, a metalsmith from Akron, Ohio, creates conceptually driven artwork about feminism, consumerism, and human entanglement with nature. Hanna earned her BA in Art Education in 2017 and her BFA in Studio Arts: Jewelry/Metals/Enameling in 2019 from Kent State University. She is a current MFA candidate at Boise State University.

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