There are an infinite number of things I do not understand; the universe and my art are only two. There will always be a certain degree of the unknown in everything. It is an ineffable inevitability. While the search for knowledge is a noble pursuit, I do not believe we should view the unknown as something to be avoided. It is understandable that we humans view it with negative connotations. The unknown is often associated with doubt, confusion, and ignorance. In Star Trek, Captain James T. Kirk states, “the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, and irrational fear of the unknown.” We are never content if our questions go unanswered. While I do not believe we should attempt to continue our existence in darkness, I think it is important to not always view the unknown through a negative lens. There are times when the unknown should be avoided. But there are times when it can be accepted and times when it can even be embraced. My art is the result of my ongoing journey to learn about both the universe and myself. It is an adventure I plan to continue indefinitely.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Metal sculpture--Technique; Art metal-work--Technique; Metal sculpture--Themes, motives; Art metal-work--Themes, motives; Space and time in art

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Student Type


Degree Name

Metals and Jewelry Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School for American Crafts (CAD)


Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez

Advisor/Committee Member

Leonard Urso

Advisor/Committee Member

Elizabeth Kronfield


RIT – Main Campus

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