My work reveals the world I see, the world I feel, and the world I imagine. The story I want to tell in my thesis is about every stunning moment when a life begins. While the sculptures and jewelry in my thesis body of work differ in scale, they are all singing the same theme: when a life starts to grow and when a flower blooms.
The forms of my thesis work are inspired from various natural lives, such as virus, fungi, jellyfish, bacteria, blooming flowers, and sea creatures. They are vividly waving, rotating, spinning their tentacles, antennas, and microfibers with the flow of wind and water.
Blooming tentacles is the motif of my thesis work. This motif presents life’s ultimate yearning for reproducing offspring in the world. Years of scientific training in biology impressed upon me the beauty of the living organisms I observed under the microscope. Through my imagination, I transform the touching moment when a life begins into abstract sculptures formed from different media, such as wax, enamel, metal, and paints on canvas.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Art metal-work--Themes, motives; Art metal-work--Technique; Aquatic organisms--Pictorial works
Metals and Jewelry Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez
Yen, Yuju, "Life Begins" (2017). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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