I seek to create objects that reveal their essential quality and simplicity as a means to convey my attitudes toward life. I intend to capture the essence of emotion by looking deeply into the spiritual and the invisible through my pieces.

I intend to apply two very different visual logics: minimal simplicity and a richness of color and form. I hope to create contrast, tension, and a sense of discovery. I want to experiment with materials, such as different wood species, stained wood, and acrylic painted wood; I also want to experiment with colors, textures, patterns and graphics. I see materials as tools to create a sense of space to evoke rhythm, depth, and emotion.

The pieces I ultimately chose to create for my thesis body of work include an illuminating sculpture (Dance No.1), a stool (Dance No.2), a bench (Dance No.3) and a decorative object (Dance No.4). They all aspire to capture an elusive beauty that combines the poetic and mysterious with a feeling of serenity and purity.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Furniture design; Wood sculpture--Themes, motives; Wood sculpture--Technique; Color in design

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Furniture Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Richard Tannen

Advisor/Committee Member

Andy Buck

Advisor/Committee Member

Michael Rogers


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at NK2260 .Z43 2015


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