Driven by the impulse to destroy, I use glass as a proxy for my own body and identity. Through a series of destructive experiments, provocations, dialogues, and games with materials, this body of work addresses this complex human mechanism of self-destruction by creating empathy with materials. Based on the introduction of my personal experience and cultural background, this work puts forward my obsession with the paradoxical aspect of human nature. I verify the self-destructive tendency of myself through the study of psychology and historically similar art movements. I discuss, the reflection that the research content brought to my creation. I also combine the actual works to explain the goals and choices in the creative process.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Glass art--Themes, motives; Video art--Themes, motives; Self-destructive behavior--Pictorial works
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CAD)
Yang, Chenyue, "The Impulse of Destruction" (2021). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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