Born in 1963, Yass lives and works in London. After receiving a BA at the Slade School of Fine Art in 1986, she went on to study at Goldsmiths College (1988-90) where she graduated with a Masters degree in Fine Arts.
She is best known for her distinctive photographic and film based work. Typically she manipulates her subject matter by overlaying the negative and the positive from photographs she has taken and then realises the resultant images as lightboxes, prints and films.
She was the recipient of the Glen Dimplex Award, at IMMA Dublin in 1999, and the Sci -Art Award from The Wellcome Trust, London, in 2001. Yass was chosen to represent Britain at the Indian Triennale at the Museum of Modern Art in Delhi in 2001, was short-listed for the Turner Prize in 2002 and, in 2005, she took up a British Council Residency in China. Her work has been widely exhibited both nationally, at galleries including the ICA, Whitechapel, Hayward, Serpentine, Tate Gallery, London, and Tate Gallery, Liverpool, and, internationally, amongst other cites in New York, Delhi, China, Moscow, Amsterdam, Israel and Canada. Her work can be found in a number of public collections including the British Council, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate Gallery, and the Government Art Collection.