An interlocking sculpture of naturally shed antlers transforming into an exquisite chandelier.
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Relinquished comes to life in the twisting horns of shed elk antlers. The discarded crowns of six elf from the wilderness of Idaho were collected and forged together through hand-soldered copper imagery. Three panels emerge framed by bone. Scenes of the untamed western landscpae come to life as the light shines through over 400 individual fragments of stained glass alongside gemstones, geodes, fossils and crystals collected from the Idaho hillsides. Together warm oranges and read and cooling turquoise and grays illuminate revealing silhoutted images of elk traversing the jagged peaked mountainsides. Just as the light of day changes in the presence of the majestic mountains so does the experience beneath the cascading rainbow of lights of the piece.
While the chandelier hangs above, casting beam of light from across the spectrum across the space, you cannot help but feel a connection to the Earth below. The collection of the shed antlers as well as the gemstones and geodes from amongst the soil grounds the piece, emanating a solace only found amongst nature.
Ashley Delonas is an Idaho based artist with a talent for creating mountain-luxury, sculptural-lighting using naturally found materials from her western landscape. Every year, Ashley and her family trek countless miles to collect the abandoned crowns of elk, moose, deer, and to unearth precious gemstones, crystals, and ancient fossils to integrate into her work.
Ashley’s signature style creates a visual tapestry, weaving together geometric panes of colorful stained glass, bonded and fused together, with elements from the earth that bring visions of western wildlife into the form of ornate chandeliers.
Ashley Delonas’s work was recently showcased at the 30th Annual Western Design Exhibition & Sale located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where she received an award for honorable mention in her category. Prior to this event, Ashley’s growing career has led her artwork to be featured in Mountain Living, Jackson Hole Scout Guide, Shoutout Arizona, East Idaho Business Journal, and as a guest speaker on the Smart Art Business podcast. In September 2021, Ashley was also featured in “Bugle” magazine, sharing her story of how being a female bow hunter has tremendously influenced her artwork.
In July of 2019, Ashley was featured on Idaho Public Broadcasting System in a series titled Outdoor Idaho. This television program featured Ashley in an episode called “Crafting a Living.” Where they document her process of finding and transforming moose, elk, and deer sheds into magnificent pieces of art. Ashley has also been featured in the Idaho State Journal by showcasing her success in forging a career in art and how her success as an artist is mirrored in her tenacity as she has overcome the challenges of being one of a handful of women to summit all of Idaho’s 9 tallest peaks.
Ashley graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Minor in Outdoor Education. Her senior thesis exhibition titled “9 Peaks” was presented in the Compartment Gallery, at Idaho State University in the spring of 2016. Ashley received an award for Best in Mixed Media category for the Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibition and Scholarship Competition at Idaho State University.
As an avid outdoor enthusiast, Ashley’s passion for climbing tall peaks and shed hunting are always reflected in her work; where bone became her canvas and glass, nature, and light became her medium.