Krista Dedrick Lai

Mixed Media/Painting

Archived Work

 

Artist's Statement

My work explores themes of transition, upheaval and awakening. Using bold colors, bright lights and references to landscape, I create personal meditations on home and change as well as reflecting the reality of life under the Trump Administration.

In 2017 I gave birth to my son, 5 months after Donald Trump was inaugurated. I found myself navigating the transition of becoming a first-time mother, and the way that challenged and shaped my art practice, at the same time that I was engaging in increased collective action and political involvement.

While the decline of democracy, the rise of authoritarianism and the persistence of racism are always on my mind, I seek to approach these subjects, artistically, through a personal and intuitive lens. And, of course, at the same time that I am considering these weighty issues I am also navigating the constantly changing journey of being a mother and a woman in the world. So sometimes I’m just making a beautiful landscape to express a fleeting sense of hopefulness. Sometimes I’m interrupting that landscape with a border fence and barbed wire. Sometimes I’m painting a protest I went to and sometimes I’m painting a completely abstract piece that expresses a sense of rumination or anxious energy. My work reveals a shifting art practice born of sleep deprivation, limited time and an urgent desire to create.I also incorporate expressions of grief, hope, love and longing; reactions to the world around me.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2020
The Mill, Wilmington, DE

2003
The Quiet Storm, Pittsburgh, PA

Two- and Three-Person
2019
Here and There, InLiquid at The National Old City, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Splash Page, Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2020
Transformation, High Five Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2019
My Philadelphia, Bodine Center, Philadelphia, PA

Small Works 2019, online exhibit, Trestle Gallery, New York, NY

Personal Psychology, Emerge Wellness, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

2018
Outside In, The InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

A Year in Review, The Common Room, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

Best of the Worst, Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Politico PopUp 3, Art Space 3116, New Orleans, LA
Juried Exhibition

New Now, The InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia PA

2017
It's a Movement, Not a Moment, The Common Room, Philadelphia, PA

Where We Are, Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, NJ
Juried Exhibition

2016
PoliticoPopUp2, Catalyst Collective New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Juried Exhibition

Envisioning Election and Politics in 2016, Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, NJ
Invitational

If This Art Could Vote, Huffington Post, Online Gallery
Juried Exhibition

Philadelphia 2076, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
Curators: Miriam Singer, Ryan Beck, and Conrad Benner

Other
2020
InLiquid Benefit 2020, The Icebox at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Art Auction

2019
InLiquid Benefit 2019, The Icebox at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Art Auction

2018
Into the LightThe Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Arts & Crafts Holdings, Philadelphia, PA
Curated Benefit Exhibition

Dear Fleisher, The Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Art Auction

InLiquid Benefit 2018, The Icebox at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Art Auction

2017
Collective Action, Arts & Crafts Holdings, Philadelphia, PA
Art Auction

InLiquid Benefit 2017, The Icebox at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Art Auction

2016
Nude Night Philly, Fighting Cancer with Art, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

2018
Glasper, Janyce Denise, “The Common Room, a gallery, work space and store for womxnand non-binary artists, turns one", The Artblog, September 6, 2018

Krieger, Deborah, "Best of the Worst, a Lively Show of Rejects at Practice Gallery", The Artblog, July 19, 2018

Catalyst Collective New Orleans, "PoliticoPopUp3 Catalog"

2016
Catalyst Collective New Orleans, PoliticoPopUp2 Catalog
(catalogue)

Underground Art Magazine, Political and Pop Culture 2016 Issue, December 2016, Digital.

Publications

2017
Kaplan, Karen B., Curiosity Seekers, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, February 2017
(cover)

Affiliations

Member, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA
Member, Thrive Art Studio, Vancouver, Canada

Awards and Honors

2017
Puffin Foundation Ltd., Teaneck, NJ

Collections

Works held in private collections in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Canada.

Education

2002
Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Minor: Art History

2001
Temple University Rome, Rome, Italy