Leya Tess works to understand the projected polarities of Art vs. Science and East vs. West. Her multiracial (Hong Kong Chinese / Swedish / British) experience has been shaped by the wind and water of the Eastern Pacific West Coast.


Research for her art practice has included: working as a photographer at a Northern BC Walmart Portrait Studios, a multiday sea kayaking expedition guide, performance wrestler, environmental monitor, and most recently, as a microbiology lab technician.


Her work has been shown at the fiftyfity, the James Black Gallery, OR Gallery, Listhus Artist Residency in Ólafsfjörður (Iceland) and has BFA in Visual Art from the University of Victoria.

She currently resides on a sleepy island on traditional Lkwungen territory in the Salish Sea and enjoys long walks on the beach with her tripod husky, Sundance Kid. 


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