Krista Dedrick Lai is a long time resident of Philadelphia, PA having originally moved there, from Pittsburgh, PA, to attended Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Using cut-paper or paint she has traditionally used art to navigate and illustrate her own inner landscape. Dreams, nightmares, extreme emotions, personal traumas and private turmoils have typically been the subject matter for her abstract work and inspiration for her representational work.
As time has gone on her artist’s eye has looked increasingly outward, sometimes as far as millions of light-years away, in the case of her Space Exploration series, and sometimes closer to home, as in the case of her Icons series. As Krista has become increasingly aware of the injustice in her country her focus has turned to creating artwork that incorporates political and social themes. Krista has found this new way of working to be compelling and looks forward to seeing where her work takes her in the coming years.
Krista lives in Philadelphia’s Point Breeze neighborhood with her husband where she also maintains a studio. She enjoys walking around the city looking for new street art, eating chocolate, doing yoga, taking naps and, of course, making artwork.
Where We Are, Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck NJ
PoliticoPopUp2, Catalyst Collective New Orleans, New Orleans LA
Envisioning Election and Politics in 2016, Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck NJ
If This Art Could Vote, Huffington Post, Online Gallery
Philadelphia 2076, Space 1026, Philadelphia PA
Curators: Miriam Singer, Ryan Beck, Conrad Benner
Collective Action, Arts & Crafts Holdings, Philadelphia PA
Nude Night Philly, Fighting Cancer with Art, Philadelphia PA
Catalyst Collective New Orleans, PoliticoPopUp2 Catalog
Kaplan, Karen B. Curiosity Seekers, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, February 2017
Underground Art Magazine, Political and Pop Culture 2016 Issue, December 2016. Digital
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.
Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Minor: Art History
Temple University Rome, Rome, Italy