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Group Performance At MICA Brings Together More Than 40 Artists and Performers Through Poetry, Sound, And Movement

Thursday, March 27 at noon

Posted 03.03.08 by MICA Media Relations

A group performance at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) brings together more than 40 artists and performers. Sound of Healing incorporates poetry, sound, movement, and 3D installations referencing pain and healing. Organized and curated by master of fine arts (MFA) student Jong Sun (Jay) Lee, Sound of Healing takes place on Thursday, March 27 at noon in Brown Center, Leidy Atrium at 1301 Mount Royal Avenue. This event is free and open to the public.

Participants will recite poems grounded in both painful and healing experiences, and will proceed to cut pieces of fabric from a 13' high installation. The cutting and subsequent dancing and chanting are meant to represent the letting go of pain and anger. In the end, the audience will collect the cuttings to be used in postcards for the purpose of forgiving or asking forgiveness of an acquaintance.

According to Lee, "I try to reconnect people to one another by using a variety of different media in a shared and highly personal way. Through this project, I try to educate and learn more about the pain of otherness. I also try to transform the space/time setting into a place conducive to reflection on suffering, healing, meditation, and gaining wisdom. In the process of action and contemplation, people acknowledge their private sorrows and affirm their gender, racial, religious, class, and/or national identity as a bridge to a new, more inclusive community."

Lee's work juxtaposes natural and industrial materials to create a language of attraction and repulsion, which corresponds to the dynamics of human interaction. More to the point, there is a balanced interplay of materiality, historical research, and cultural nuances that opens a door to the sources and contradictions behind positions of strength and weakness, dominance and subordination. Lee finds great inspiration in Henry Moore's comment that "art has everything to do with life. A work of art is the expression of the spirit. This is what matters more than a beautiful or perfect work of art."

Jong Sun (Jay) Lee studied sculpture with Orest Poliszczuk at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. She completed her undergraduate degree at MICA in 2007. She will complete her MFA in May 2009. Lee has worked as a teaching assistant at MICA in both sculpture and painting, and also gives private lessons in drawing.

In 2004 and 2005, she created outdoor sculptures for the Community School of Maryland in Brookeville, Md. She has exhibited her work in many locations in Baltimore, Md. and Virginia and is scheduled to take part in an installation show with MICA professors Fletcher Mackey and Sarah Doherty in Rockville, Md. in October 2008.

For more information about Sound of Healing, contact Jay Lee at jongs1004@yahoo.com or call 240-505-6826. For more information about MICA, visit www.mica.edu or call 410-225-2300.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.