Lynn Hershman Leeson has been recognized around the world as one of the first and most influential artists to use media and new technologies in her art. Her work examines the relationship between humans and technology with a focus on the construction of identity, interactivity, artificial intelligence, voyeurism, surveillance, and the relationship of the real to the virtual. A number of her works have revolved around invented female persona, alter egos, or avatars as a means to probe identity and its increasingly fluid and mercurial manifestations. Her work has recently expanded across gender lines to focus on what it means to be human in an increasingly cyber world and an era of bio- and genetic engineering. Leeson lives and works in San Francisco and New York City. A related exhibition of Leeson’s work will take place concurrently at the Armory Gallery, 203 Draper Road, Blacksburg, from October 18–November 18, 2016.