In the society we live in today, the common saying of “living on the edge” mostly refers to someone who exposes themselves to physical, psychological, environmental or other kinds of dangers in their everyday life. As a result, the person can be under a lot of stress and their mental status sometimes suffers. This thesis, “Edge,” uses seven stages: desire, lost, struggle, noise, balance, life and death, and release, to describe the status when someone is suffering and under stress. This thesis project presents each stage and uses different materials and techniques to create a visual impact for viewers. The reason for using such a wide range of materials and techniques was to make a better connection between the audience and the art pieces allowing them to feel the same mental status as if they were living on the edge. I would like to share my thoughts about getting through suffering, which it is all up to how each person controls their mind and their way of thinking.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Metal sculpture--Themes, motives; Metal sculpture--Technique; Glass sculpture--Themes, motives; Glass sculpture--Technique; Suffering 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

Liaung Chung Yen


RIT – Main Campus

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