Yaz Leigh is a multi-media artist exploring programming, web art, sound and language. Using opensource materials to teach herself how to code, her practice takes form as interactive, computer installations. Cables, connections and code are given an aesthetic platform to celebrate the making of the work whilst basic shapes and text transform on the screen into sounds and projections of the user or viewer – forcing them to acknowledge the human fingerprint within the work.
Personal relationships and emotions are explored throughout her art. Narratives that embrace pain and longing weave into the work, between lines of code. These narratives appear to be fictitious and invite viewers to question what is true. Her use of sound is inspired by her love of sci-fi and fantasy films in which sound is often used as a vessel to experience the human emotions within the narratives. Mostly though, her work serves to be playful and aims to entice feelings of exploration and wonder. Creating balance to the heavy emotion, both for the artist in how the work is made, and for the viewer in how it is experienced.
As technology advances there is a growing sense of being left behind. In exploring the intersections of numbers and nervous systems, Yaz Leigh’s work aims to bring perspective back to reality, with transparency and playfulness being at the heart. She uses fun interactions and storytelling to frame technology as approachable, and a tool to learn from or collaborate with. She also uses it to dispel reservations towards the technologies that are often criticised and feared. In engaging interaction, the work hopes to inspire the question of who is in control, and what this means for our future together.