Visual Artist

Brief info

Leslie Leong is a multidisciplinary artist who employs any medium she feels is necessary to express herself in addressing concerns about the issues of our time. Over the last 15 years, she has focused on recycled, reclaimed, and repurposed materials to counteract our linear economy, disposable consumerist culture, and planned obsolescence. The use of these unorthodox materials forces her to adopt non-traditional techniques, tapping into her engineering background. This results in an open-ended process, sending her on a journey of inquiry and exploration.

She has an obsessive drive to create, and her work in recycled materials varies widely in medium and size. Some examples include:

1. Armor for the film *Polaris*, made from rusted tin sourced at garbage dumps, a perfect material for armor for a band of post-apocalyptic warrior women.
2. "Ubiquitous: technology & the human condition," an exhibition at the Yukon Public Art Gallery in Canada, consisting of 98% recycled materials. Primarily e-waste circuit boards mixed with reclaimed wood, metal, windows, etc. The intent was to address our zealous adoption of technology and society’s inability to deal with the outfall. We continue to be unprepared, lacking sufficient proactive action to address predictable problems as artificial intelligence gains prominence in our society.
3. Mining our waste and redesign through the creative reuse of post-consumer materials and using our waste as a resource in fashion, flat work, jewelry, sculpture, and functional work. Like her various lines of jewelry made from recycled materials such as electrical wire, plumbing pipe, circuit boards, core samples, guitar strings, and topographic maps.

Check out some of these projects at www.leslieleong.com.

At Sagarmatha Next, Leslie will continue her work with waste materials, mining the waste pits in the Khumbu valley. Initially, she had planned to focus on the theme of “Waste Warriors,” honoring the people who carry back bags of garbage as part of the “Carry Me Back” program developed by Sagarmatha Next in partnership with SPCC to address the waste management challenge in Sagarmatha National Park and the Khumbu region.

As a result of the 2-day hike into the facility, she is so inspired by the incredible mountains and the yaks and mules hauling goods in and out of the steep terrain. A first review of some waste pits has also provided materials that are inspirational in themselves. So the work will be varied, much like her art practice.

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