Wenyao Jia


I am inspired by my life experiences and try to reflect them in my art. The main media in my work is silver, along with resin and fabric, which I use to express my thoughts and observations about my life. During the procedure of creation, I have been influenced by Louise Josephine Bourgeois and Vincent van Gogh, and, a book called The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck. While my perspective is that of a Chinese female living in the U.S. for four years, I believe that we all share similarities as human beings.

My hands, guided by my thoughts and creativity, use various tools for my art. Every movement produces a new dot on the map of my life, which is a combination of self-exploration, self-observation, self-construction and deconstruction. My life progresses, time clicks by, and I feel like I am flying in space.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Silvaerwork--Themes, motives; Silverwork--Technique; Art metal-work--Themes, motives; Art metal-work--Technique; Identity (Philosophical concept) in art

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Metals and Jewelry Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Leonard Urso

Advisor/Committee Member

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez

Advisor/Committee Member

Heidi C. Nickisher


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at NK7198.J43 A4 2014


RIT – Main Campus

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