Born in St. Petersburg (Russia), Natalia from early childhood is passionate about painting, sculpture and photography. Later on, she develops a strong interest in science and graduates with a Ph.D. in neuro-linguistics, „Brain Assymetry and Speach Processing“. Several years of experimental scientific research are not, however, a hindrance to her artistic development as she continues to experiment with photography and gets involved in video art. Since 2000 Nataliya devotes her full-time attention to video, short films and photography, working in Paris, Stockholm, Istanbul, Milano, Rome, New York, London, participating different artshows and festivals. She currently lives in Paris.
Her investigations in neurolingustics not only inspire respect but characterize her as the contemporary of the time that obliges an artist to educate himself and go beyond reflection, out into the world of multiple interactions driven by sign, biology and physiology. Which happens to be the research interests of Nataliya Lyakh the scientist. It's another matter that playing a new role in the same grounds, Lyakh the artist behaves herself with feasible looseness, not seeing it fit to present her artworks as illustrations of some theoretical constructions and ideas. One of her artistic ideas is literally phrased as an image of darkness as a synonym of collective consciousness and a ‘cone of light' representing an individual, artistic mind. She invites us to discover the magic dimensions, abstractions, hidden in the most simple objects that surround us, as seen through the lens of a microscope, the prism of binoculars, a periscope, telescope, a kaleidoscope or immerse her eye in the viewfinder of a photo or video camera. "Listen to the beating heart through a simple ice cube » in her videos.
Tatyana Chernigovskaya, a prominent Russian biologist, linguist and psychologist, commented in her writings about qualitative differences between human cerebral hemispheres: ‘it remains, however, unclear, what perceptual unity involves, what exactly is analyzed and in what way'. Could it be that her student is looking for an answer? »