Sound Artist Visits QCA

Staff Writer

A Queens-based sound and sculpture artist will share a sound piece on Nov. 22 at the Queens Council on the Arts during a monthly 3rd Space event, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

The sound piece, “Neural: Cleave,” will explore raw emotions and power conveyed and betrayed by the human voice.

Michelle Jaffe

Michelle Jaffe

Michelle Jaffe, whose work is inspired by themes of collective memory and social and political spaces, said the sound piece is personal, so it will resonate with people because they will be able to relate with it.

“Sharing my work with the Queens arts community is a way to reach out to other artists in the Borough,” Jaffe said.
The piece is a personal narrative that portrays Jaffe’s current political and economic environment through her personal lens. It goes as far as confessing emotional conflicts regarding relationships, politics and loss.

During the sound piece, Jaffe said her voice “is portraying all kinds of emotions on a psychological level.”

After Jaffe plays the sound piece for the audience, she will then engage in conversation about her work and the future of the piece with Marta Jovanovic, a multimedia artist.

Lauren Zelaya, the 3rd Space coordinator, said she hopes artists of all disciplines will feel welcomed to share their own reactions, and their own artistic processes with Jaffe.

The sound piece, though still a work in progress, focuses on a few central themes like love, doubt and betrayal, Jaffe said.

“It’s a pretty bold and brave move for an artist to come share their work in progress and open it to critique and feedback from the community,” Zelaya said.

After composing sound pieces, Jaffe said she learned how powerful the voice is and how universal it is to hear the voice shift with a flow of emotions.

“Even if they do not speak your language, they will hear the emotions shift in your voice,” Jaffe said.

The event will take place at the QCA, located at 37-11 35th Ave., Astoria. Admission is $5. To learn more about the event, visit

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