Art and Medical Treatment: `Feeling Arts' as Healing Art

Yoshihiro Kitamura, a noted Japanese artist, will give a presentation of his work Nov. 19
EVENT: Art and Medical Treatment: `Feeling Arts' as Healing Art
PRESENTER: Yoshihiro Kitamura, modern artist, Feeling Arts Academy, Japan

(With an introduction by Andrew Weil, MD, director of the UA Program in Integrative Medicine)

DATE/TIME: TUESDAY, NOV. 19, 3:30 TO 4:30 P.M.

PLACE: Kiewit Auditorium, Arizona Cancer Center, 1501 N. Campbell

COST: The presentation is free and open to the public.

CONTACT: Marilyn Gilbert, UA Program in Integrative Medicine, (520) 626-9390

Yoshihiro Kitamura, a noted Japanese artist who employs artwork, light, music, natural sounds and other techniques to enhance healing effects, will give a presentation of his work Nov. 19 at the Arizona Cancer Center's Kiewit Auditorium. The presentation is made possible by the UA Program in Integrative Medicine.
"Feeling Arts" is a collaborative work between the creator and viewers in which the artist uses a unique technique of casting light on an abstract painting made of clay, India ink and gold dust in three primary colors: blue, red and yellow. "The variations in the proportion and intensity of the lights produce a subtle shading effect that constantly gives new dimensions to a painting. Soothing sound effects are offered during the presentation - classical music, children's songs...a synthesizer, or a whale's call," according to the artist.

Mr. Kitamura first conceived the concept of "Feeling Arts" when his own child was hospitalized. "Visiting my child in the hospital, where I happened to meet other patients and their families, I realized that this was the kind of place where `Feeling Arts' was needed," he writes. "I believe that inspiration is what promotes vitality in people. Through inspiration from Feeling Arts, the patients and their families, all of whom are in pain and suffering, learn to understand and accept themselves the way they are. This brings peace to their minds, thus promoting vitality, which leads to natural healing power.

"Healing takes place when you accept yourself the way you are and come to terms with the contradictions inside you, which is exactly what I am trying to express through Feeling Arts. Though all kinds of art have a healing power to some degree, Feeling Arts is unique because it does not bring with it a strong message or story by its creator but rather lets the viewers use their imagination freely and allows them to reflect their feelings on the painting."

In the upcoming year, Mr. Kitamura's work is scheduled for exhibition at the 11th Annual Conference of the Japanese Society of Hospice and Home Care; the 30th anniversary Forum of Life Science Promotion Association; and the Fifth Asia Pacific Hospice Conference. He received an $8,000 grant from Kobe City College of Nursing this year for a "practical study on healing of victims of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake through performance of Feeling Arts."