The series of art forms “Panorama” was my visual representation of interpreting an individual’s world and invisible 360 degree space around him or her. By observing different scenes and people from above, I simplified them and their panoramic space into dots and spheres through my imaginary bird’s eye. The core idea of “Panorama” was a perception within or from this personal encompassing space.
With experiments and new techniques such as welding, the art forms turned out as a pentagon with five free-standing steel panels and four wearable pieces with aluminum structures. These wearable works were hung from the gallery ceiling within the 7 1/2 ft. pentagon. With the committee members’ advice and help, I was able to finish them because the materials, fabrication techniques and setups of stations for these techniques were new to me. This project allowed me to explore the values and meanings of panorama, which was not only a physically wide view of landscape. In addition, it was an opportunity to work on a larger scale project with various media and techniques.
After the exhibition, feedback at a thesis defense gave this series new possibilities to explore its theme with different materials, scale, and composition in another setup in space which would deepen my own understanding and interpretations of the concept. These factors would help viewers to interact with the work while increasing the clarity of my intention, to discover the uniqueness of the panoramic space. Several qualities of panorama—size, shape, spheric elements— were visualized in this series yet clarity to connect my project to the viewers could be investigated in depth.
Metals and Jewelry Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez
Sakurai, Ayuko, "Panorama" (2017). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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