Krista Dedrick Lai works across different mediums and styles. Previously known for her colorful urban landscape collages Krista now paints vivid abstract landscapes and creates mixed media pieces with social-justice themes using drawing, text and cut paper. Nevertheless her work contains common themes and influences. Krista’s work reflects the tension between light and darkness, justice and injustice, hope and despair by using contrasting colors, values, text and imagery.The powerful and, at times, overwhelming experience of being a mother also continue to shape Krista’s work in fundamental ways.
Krista’s work has been shown in a number of Philadelphia galleries such as Space 1026, the InLiquid Gallery and Practice Gallery, as well as galleries in New Orleans and New Jersey. Recently Krista’s painting “Disparate Voices” was included in the exhibition Into The Light, which was organized and curated by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery.
Krista is interested in the smallness of our world, the persistence of injustice, the problematic nature of human perception and the daily discipline of practicing hope. Krista’s home city of Philadelphia and her reflections on her own imperfect journey are frequently represented.
Personal Psychology, Emerge Wellness, Philadelphia, PA
A Year in Review, The Common Room, Philadelphia, PA
Best of the Worst, Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Politico PopUp 3, Art Space 3116, New Orleans, LA
Outside In, The InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
New Now, The InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia PA
Splash Page, Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro, Philadelphia, PA
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, and Conrad Benner
InLiquid Benefit 2019, The Icebox at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Into the LightThe Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Arts & Crafts Holdings, Philadelphia, PA
Curated Benefit Exhibition
Dear Fleisher, The Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
InLiquid Benefit 2018, The Icebox at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Collective Action, Arts & Crafts Holdings, Philadelphia, PA
InLiquid Benefit 2017, The Icebox at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Nude Night Philly, Fighting Cancer with Art, Philadelphia, PA
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"
Catalyst Collective New Orleans, PoliticoPopUp2 Catalog
Underground Art Magazine, Political and Pop Culture 2016 Issue, December 2016, Digital.
Kaplan, Karen B., Curiosity Seekers, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, February 2017
Member, InLiquid Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
Awards and Honors
Puffin Foundation Ltd., Teaneck, NJ
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