Title

Life Begins

Abstract

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

Publication Date

8-24-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Metals and Jewelry Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School for American Crafts (CIAS)

Advisor

Leonard Urso

Advisor/Committee Member

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez

Advisor/Committee Member

Alan Singer

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

Plan Codes

METAL-MFA

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