Meng-Han Yu


"I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear" Oprah Winfrey .

My thesis "Wonderland" derives its knowledge from my life experiences, re-used to narrate how people can change or improve their attitude towards their life. Let us begin with how the title was born.

My parents were divorced when I was ten years old. My mother, a registered nurse, sometimes had to stay on duty overnight. Her boyfriend, who used to stay home, very often stirred up trouble between my mother and me. My mother always scolded me without considering the facts behind the problem. At school, I managed to perform well and was an above-average student. The students in my class were rough and treated newcomers in their class with contempt. I had a hard time in school and felt isolated because people around me had closed their minds instead of trying to understand me. I vowed to myself to become a very independent person and built a wall around myself, not trusting or letting anyone in.

My life brightened up when I reached senior high school. The new classmates were kind and friendly. Their encouragement helped me to build up my self-confidence. This helped me to overcome my depression, fears and bad memories, and to rebuild my relationship with my family. I forgave people who had not treated me well. This act made my life much more wonderful.

This was the "wonderland" for which I had been looking. I wanted people who were suffering in their life emotionally to be encouraged. Therefore, I chose narrating a story as a way to encourage them. Sigmund Freud stated, "Some things that you do not know are important to you; those things are suppressive because the things are very important" . This was my inspiration in choosing my thesis topic, "Wonderland".

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Art metal-work--Themes, motives; Artist-designed jewelry--Themes, motives; Attitude change--Pictorial works

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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 NK6498.Y8 A4 2014


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