The inspiration for my artwork comes from the emotional relationships that people have with family, friends and their social environment. In addition, the ecological food chain influences my art forms. After research, analysis and development, the triangle shape has become the main element in my thesis work. The triangle form helps me to ideate the infinite cycles, connections and links that create a complex web.
This thesis work includes jewelry, installation and sculpture. Different forms of this work emphasize distinct themes about the relationships. In terms of the techniques, along with utilizing traditional techniques such as soldering, painting and stitching, I invented a new technique of casting resin and exploring cold connecting to join individual parts according to different materials’ characteristics. Triangles and webs will be displayed in two dimensions and three dimensions. Material application, in particular, can be explored in three dimensions.
The thesis work reveals the importance of relationships for every living being and the triangle figure plays a significant role in the balance of life. Meanwhile, the webs in our lives are huge, and become more complex when we realize that every unnoticed even every tiny link in each web cannot be replaced.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Metal sculpture--Themes, motives; Metal sculpture--Technique; Jewelry--Themes, motives; Jewelry--Technique; Installations (Art)--Themes, motives; Installations (Art)--Technique
Metals and Jewelry Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez
Chu, Zhenwei, "Web of Life" (2016). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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