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Leslie Leong - SubARCCtic V

Posted 2017-01-13
Written by ykarcc

 

 

Leslie Leong is a multi-disciplinary visual artist living and working in Whitehorse, Yukon. After 25 years in the North, she is deeply affected by northern culture, society and environment, and the relationships between them. “I question the benefits of technology’s ability to accelerate tasks and production. I am troubled by the inability of humans to manage the current pace of life and its extreme excesses.”

Her practice began with photography. The mixed media exhibition, Blood-letting: a rite of purification, launched her practice into new media. Her work has become interdisciplinary, with an emphasis on 3-dimensional work, often involving a functional aspect. Non-traditional materials and techniques are common in her work. She has exhibited internationally with over 18 solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions and has taught in the Northwest Territories and Yukon. Her work is represented in collections across Canada and internationally.

Artist’s Statement:

My work explores the diverse relationships between the natural world, and the human construct of civilization and its by-products. More recently, a focus on technology and its relationship to both humanity and the natural world has emerged. I question the benefits of technology’s ability to accelerate tasks and production. I don’t renounce technology, but I am troubled by the inability of humans to manage the current pace of life and its extreme excesses. Consequently recycling stations and dumps fascinate me. Contrast, texture, pattern, colour, and form intrigue me in nature and the human-made. I like extremes and contrasts. In my practice I employ a variety of expressive forms often using unorthodox materials, forcing me to adopt non- traditional techniques. I find this results in a more open-ended process, sending me on a journey of enquiry and exploration; to learn, to change, to be surprised, to be moved, and to feel something. This is a way for me to overcome the numbing effects of the depressive state of our world, and the apathy it produces.

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