The whole process of metal work is an auditory or tactile language, to be fluent in this language one has to work with the material again and again to understand what the metal is saying. From this idea I propose to make the sounds of working able to be seen. For my thesis I propose to make sound visible, or to provide visual representations. From the recording of sounds I will create abstract works, either paintings or three-dimensional forms that will take the sound vibrations and give them visual representations. From these abstractions I will look at the distances and volume of sound and the connection between that and the meaning behind the sounds. I also want to investigate what the sounds of these objects mean to us, be they bells or silverware, and what the lack of those sounds mean or how the visual image that is created by sound wave changes our idea of it. Sound is commonly heard and felt.

But to see sound move across a distance between two points is a rarer more beautiful thing. Between is the abstracted rendering of the movement of sound through a space. Sound originates at one point and terminates at another. But it is the area "between" where the beauty lies.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Art metal-work--Themes, motives; Art metal-work--Technique; Jewelry--Themes, motives; Jewelry--Technique; Sound 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

Roberley Bell


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at NK6498.E64 A4 2014


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