Sooja Lee


In order to tell my story, I learned how to express myself by making art, using metal. Through this creative process, I listened to my inner voice and found what I really wanted to say for my thesis. My body of work is a reflection of my faith and symbolizes my appreciation for God who gave me this precious life. It is a story of how my life has been changed after I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. When I look back on my life, I know that it is truly God who has been guiding me, and who will lead me into the future according to God's plan. It is my life's purpose to praise God who saved me and gave me eternal life through the blood of Jesus Christ.

I see God's reflection in the beauty and power of water. This inspired me to create eight experimental metal forms depicting water in its various forms, textures, and colors. Certain Bible scriptures and the work of James Nares and Susan Derges were important influences. Also, I was encouraged during some initial trials when I found similarities between my first year graduate work and Yoshiko Yamamoto's metal art pieces. Experimentation, observation, and intuition were important elements in my creative process. Using these elements, I was able to find my vision. I wanted to use my talent to make art to glorify God.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Art metal-work--Themes, motives; Art metal-work--Technique; Jesus Christ--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

Alan Singer


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at NK7403 .L45 2014


RIT – Main Campus

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