There is seldom a single wave

/ Sjaldan er ein báran stök

In the spring of 2015, Leya hitchhiked across Iceland with an awkwardly large roll of paper. Eventually she found her way to the Listhús Artist Residency in the small fishing village of Ólafsfjörður. Tucked away in a snowy fjord she bathed in the luxurious privilege of an abundance of time, frozen foods and geothermal heat. Following a methodical routine, she filled the 24ft roll of paper with an intricate web of intuitive freehand drawing. 

Toxic Town

James Black Gallery Artist Residency

In the fall of 2016, Leya Tess left the cherry blossom filled bubble of Victoria and took up residence at The James Black Gallery in Vancouver. There she completed her fifth large scroll drawing over the course of one month of steady meditative mark making.

The scroll was created in response to Emily Millard song 'Toxic Town'. A collaborative video was created with Millard, dancer Sarah Gallos and ARTABAN productions.

++toxic town video collaboration with

musician emily millard, dancer sarah gallos 

& artaban productions 

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