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Joyce Yu-Jean Lee

MICA alumni have long been pioneers in their crafts. Today, many are bridging the gap between fine art and technology, demonstrating the two fields have more in common than many people think.

When Joyce Yu-Jean Lee ’10 (Mount Royal School of Art) came to MICA, she was happy with her work as an abstract oil painter. But the interdisciplinary nature of the program “gives you room to explore a lot of different media,” she said. In that spirit, she tried her hand at video. “I was able to merge my interest in painting with digital media,” she explained. Today, Lee is a fine artist that uses technology for her art. She is also an adjunct instructor and lecturer at MICA, where she is teaching Electronic Media Arts and Culture and Professional Practices for the Visual Artist this fall.

“I think the moving image, digital media, and the Internet have really changed the way people consume visual information,” Lee said.

“What I’m trying to do with video is create something that still references and maybe even looks like a painting at first, but then when people realize it’s moving ever so subtly, they’re challenged to continue watching to see what will happen.” The whole idea is to inspire people to take a break from their busy schedules for a little self reflection and art appreciation. “If my art can create a still moment in that person’s day, then I feel like I’ve done my job.”