3. 203 Westminster Street

Ani Ghajanian

nickel silver-forged & soldered, maple tree seed pods,
paperclay, thread, mixed media installation

About the Work
The resemblance of maple tree seed pods to wings was the inspiration for the development of this sculpture.Working intuitively, my emotions and experiences at the time informed the creation of the moths and their home inside a ribcage heart. The installation grew from there. In my art I explore themes of where we come from, where we are going, and our relationships with love and loss, fear and dreams. Abstracted forms of the human figure and parts of the body play a frequent role in my work for the presentation of these topics. I find great joy in sculpting clay and wax, casting, metalsmithing and crafting from nature.

About the Artist
Ani Ghajanian is a sculptor living and working in RI. She earned a BFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design in 1996. As a freelance artist, she has 10 years experience sculpting products for the toy industry.Her career since graduating also includes work as a jewelry designer in RI, a handbag designer in NY, and an art teacher for children at Manhattan’s 92nd St. Y Art Center and Providence City Arts. In November 2008, Ani completed a one-month artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Recently, she received a scholarship to study glass at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. In August she will be part of a 4-person show at Tugboat gallery in Omaha, Nebraska.

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