My personal aesthetic is broad, with many different facets– some of which I have expressed in previous projects and blog posts. One facet of my aesthetic is built off of my experience living in Colorado, and being around a wide variety of landscapes and nature. I am also very inspired by the sky, clouds, and sunsets/sunrises. For me, these can be combined and represented by the term alpenglow, defined by Oxford languages as “the rosy light of the setting or rising sun seen on high mountain.”
This part of my aesthetic is represented in two parts. The first part is a warm glow of a sunrise or sunset, that pairs pinks, oranges, reds, and purples against a bright blue background. Textures such as water, clouds, and snow, catch the light and are painted with bright hues. Landscapes that are ordinarily white are lit with color, and contrast beautifully with their ordinary appearance, and also with the background of sky or water behind them.
The second part of my aesthetic that is represented in “alpenglow” is the mountains. I have skied and snowboarded from a very young age, and as such, it has become a huge part of my personal aesthetic. I am inspired by craggy mountains blanketed with snow, fluffy flurries falling from the clouds, frost white trees, and the deep blues of dusk lit by warm orange lights of a village town. All of these have cozy, nostalgic memories for me, and make me feel like I am in a warm spot on a cold day.
Overall, I think that this aesthetic is more inspired by my personal experiences, rather than any specific design movements. It represents things that I love about my life, and want to continue. I’m not sure if I will incorporate this into my final project, or use a different facet of my personal aesthetic, but I wanted to talk about the “alpenglow” style because it is important to me.
Something that I had considered making that is more representative of this aesthetic is a “topographical map” of sorts. I have made something similar for a project before, but it was in the early stages, and could be perfected now. I found a topographical map of the Matterhorn online, then laser cut each section out of a piece of wood. I also cut a guiding hole out of each piece so that they would all have the correct orientation, and I could use a pin to keep them clocked and in place.
On the left is the sculpture halved, and on the right is the full piece (with a cardboard prototype in the background). I think that I could make this piece quite cool if I were to redo it, and I would be able to fix some of the mistakes that I made the last time, and make a bigger, better product. However, I’m still considering many options, and I haven’t settled on anything yet.