MICA Faculty Member, Alumna Creates Artwork Out of Her Own Hair
Posted 10.24.11 by Communications
BALTIMORE--MICA will present End to End, an exhibition featuring self-reflective artwork by drawing faculty member Youngmi Song Organ '02 from Friday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Dec. 18 in Bunting Center's Pinkard Gallery (1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.). With an interest in everyday contemporary life, Organ's exhibition will showcase at least 15 pieces that have been made by affixing strands of her hair to paper in tightly arranged, geometric compositions. A reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 18 from 5-7 p.m.
Organ's work in End to End reflects her understanding of what it means to live by carefully depicting thought processes through the rhythmic, symmetrical shapes of her drawings. In this case, Organ's self-reflective process is made possible each morning when she brushes her hair, producing enough loose strands for that day's work.
"For me, it was natural to begin using the hair which had belonged to me, and once it falls off it becomes a different substance itself," Organ said. "By using my own hair in my work, I try to make a connection between the past and the future. My hair was the section of my body that was the perfect example of the circle of nature, which has a sense of history and relationships."
In Extensions, Organ aligned vertical strands of hair next to each other across the top of a piece of paper then added another row by extending each vertical line with another hair placed at its end. She repeated the process until the entire sheet was filled. "Each line represents each individual life, which never stops going, the continuation of history. I have learned that my existence is just a small part of the huge cosmos," Organ said.
Born in Korea, Organ has studied traditional oriental painting since she was 15. She received her M.F.A. at MICA in 2002 and has since shown her work in numerous solo and group shows across the country. She currently lives in Virginia and teaches Sumi Ink Painting and The Coloration of Asian Painting at MICA, as well as Drawing 1 and 2 at George Mason University.
Hours for MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays.
Image caption: Youngmi Song Organ '02, Balance, artist's hair.
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 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and open studies students from 48 states and the District of Columbia 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 10 by U.S. News & 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.