Nina Weidner | Bos Taurus

Artist: Nina Weidner, Michigan
Materials: Sterling Silver, Petrified Wood, Druzy Agate Quartz, White Magnesite
Size: 8

Artist Statement: As an artist with a deep connection to nature, I find spiritual strength in its creations. The symbolism of longhorn cattle can be found in various ideologies and cultures throughout history. Not only known for their strength and perseverance, longhorns also exhibit inspiring adaptability to harsh environments and a resilience to keep moving forward. I'm influenced by their determination not only in my art but also in my daily life. These majestic creatures evoke a sense of steadfastness and power. I hoped to capture that beauty in this ring using elements from nature. This ring features magnificent outstretched white magnesite curved horns with a crown of agate druzy quartz. The face represented by a uniquely shaped piece of polished petrified wood. The cattle motif and the seeding daylily pods symbolize renewal, which also relates to my endeavor to create. Vines elegantly wrap around the finger, serving as a split shank band, transforming this statement piece into a true work of art.

Artist Bio: I am a self-taught artist and designer, driven to continuously create something new since I was young. I possess skills in realism illustrations, painting, leather work, woodwork, sewing, and jewelry making. Nature serves as a great inspiration for my artwork, as I incorporate earthy colors, textures, and tones in my creations. My aim is to inspire others to perceive nature with the same awe and fascination that I do.

This ring was part of Battle of the Rings: Ring Smackdown 2024, an online exhibition and competition. View the entire collection HERE, view the matches HERE, and learn more HERE.