Krista Dedrick Lai


Mixed Media/Painting

Archived Work

 

Artist's Statement

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.

Selected Exhibitions

Group
2019
Personal Psychology, Emerge Wellness, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

2018
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

Outside In, The InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

New Now, The InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia PA
Invitational

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

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
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 Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

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