Queen of the night. “I am the living dead; I sleep all day, I roam the streets at night. I only wear black & wear dark glasses to hide my tired eyes.”
Leigh de Vries is a multidisciplinary artist who embraces a range of materials and forms in her practice, working in electronic and audio technology: installations combining sound, music, performance, lighting, film, video and computers.
In her latest project Leigh de Vries explores through Art, the condition Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD, which dominated her life for more than 25 years.
Funded by a grant from Arts Council England, the socially engaged art experience “Exposure: My Broken Reality” breaks down societal stigmas and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand BDD through the lens of the sufferer.
Featuring a series of exhibitions, innovative community engagement strategies and education opportunities, and a diverse series of programs and events, the project reaches beyond the gallery walls to examine creativity’s role in mental health, resiliency, and compassion.
Leigh was a keynote speaker at “How to use the Arts to Engage Young People with Museums” for West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) and case study and Keynote speaker at “The Cultural Prescription – How can the arts support Health and Wellbeing” for Museum Development Trust, York.
She aspires to raise awareness and educate around the subject of BDD and to de-stigmatise mental illness through public talks, specialist commissions, residencies and exhibitions. To be an advocate of recovery through her own story of how she confronted her condition to harness creative repair and recovery.
In 2012 she released the “Strange E.P.” on her record label LDV Records via iTunes collaborating with acclaimed artists such as iconic London-based electronic/rock producer Jagz Kooner, New York’s electroclash pioneer Larry Tee, epic soundtrack auteur Glen Nicholls and Dutch trapmeisters Pinch Hitters. She joined forces with BAFTA award winning video director Tal Rosner on her music video for her single ‘Strange’.
Leigh de Vries has also released singles with international dance music producer D. Ramirez and British breakbeat DJ. General Midi.
In 2011 Leigh de Vries won “The Peoples Music Awards” for her track ‘Walk Alone’. Judges for The Peoples Music Awards include Jony Kennedy, Tony Platt, Andrew Hayman, Alex Baker and Mike Glossop.