I seek to create objects that reveal their essential quality and simplicity as a means to convey my attitudes toward life. I intend to capture the essence of emotion by looking deeply into the spiritual and the invisible through my pieces.
I intend to apply two very different visual logics: minimal simplicity and a richness of color and form. I hope to create contrast, tension, and a sense of discovery. I want to experiment with materials, such as different wood species, stained wood, and acrylic painted wood; I also want to experiment with colors, textures, patterns and graphics. I see materials as tools to create a sense of space to evoke rhythm, depth, and emotion.
The pieces I ultimately chose to create for my thesis body of work include an illuminating sculpture (Dance No.1), a stool (Dance No.2), a bench (Dance No.3) and a decorative object (Dance No.4). They all aspire to capture an elusive beauty that combines the poetic and mysterious with a feeling of serenity and purity.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Furniture design; Wood sculpture--Themes, motives; Wood sculpture--Technique; Color in design
Furniture Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Zhang, Moyu, "Dancing in Silence" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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