Shira Brown | The Ambassador Band

Battle of the Rings 2024

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Artist: Shira Brown, Massachusetts
Materials: argentium silver 935 , sterling silver 925 (rivets), gold 18k 
Size: 7

Artist Statement: The Ambassador Band is an anticlastic ring form and abstract representation of the last male Northern White Rhino, Sudan. Sudan died in Kenya in 2018 at the age of 45. He left behind one daughter, Najin, and one granddaughter, Fatu, to live out their remaining days in functional extinction. The loss was both profound and heartbreaking.

Rhinos are massive, peaceful creatures that have long been regarded as mystical and exotic. They have been hunted for their horns, worth more than their weight in gold but composed of nothing more than keratin. Sudan's existence and passing drew global attention, shedding light on the human impact on the extinction crisis, as science now races to use new technologies in embryo transfer to save this species before it’s too late.

This ring represents Sudan, the Ambassador, in form and texture. The gold is symbolic of the artificial value of the horn, imposed by human fantasy and greed. This piece was created as a lasting reminder of the obligation of humankind to respect, protect and honor all species inhabiting Earth.

Artist Bio: Shira is a lifelong artist and creative. After completing medical school and residency in 2008, she poured herself into caring for her patients and nurturing her 3 children over the course of the next decade. In 2019, she picked up a torch at a local metal arts school and reignited her passion for creating. While continuing to practice as a pediatrician through the pandemic, she discovered hope and inspiration at her bench, teaching herself the skills involved in creating art from metal. Shira’s work is led by intuition and embodies a collection that is empowering, edgy, sexy and strong. She considers the natural contours of the human body such that her work becomes one with the wearer. When not covered in silver dust, she can be found with a stethoscope around her neck, hiking through the forest and enjoying life with her family & pups. 

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.