Featuring: Krista Dedrick Lai
Friday, February 7th, 5-8 pm
Passage, a contemporary art exhibition that is free and open to the public, will be held at The Mill Space from February 7th – April 3rd. There will be an opening reception on Friday, February 7th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, in conjunction with Wilmington’s Art Loop. Curated by Carlton Morrison, Passage features the recent work of Philadelphia based artist Krista Dedrick Lai. This new exhibition contains personal and broad meditations on the concepts of “home” and “change.” Using her signature blend of bold colors, urban skylines, bright lights and references to landscape, Dedrick Lai reflects the reality of life under the Trump Administration and the struggle to have hope in a dark time.
Climate change and corruption have caused global instability and mass migration. The worldwide trend toward authoritarianism and jingoism threatens our efforts to combat these forces in an effective and humane manner. In 2017 Dedrick Lai gave birth to her son, 5 months after Donald Trump was inaugurated. She found herself navigating the transition of becoming a first-time mother at the same time that she was engaging in increased collective action and political involvement. Passage reveals a shifting art practice born of sleep deprivation and limited time as well as expressions of grief, hope and longing; reactions to the world around her.
“This is a time of intensity and fear. But also of great energy and perseverance. There is a lot to sift through and a lot of work to be done. At the same time we are each grappling with the struggles and transitions of our own daily lives. I create art as a way to keep going and to process the world around me so I don’t burn out,” says artist Krista Dedrick Lai. “Passage is a love letter to my family, my city and my fellow citizens… and also a howl of grief and a whisper of hope.”
Krista Dedrick Lai has lived in Philadelphia for over 20 years. She makes vividly colorful, high contrast paintings and mixed media pieces about her experiences and observations. Krista’s work has been shown in a number of Philadelphia galleries such as Space 1026, High Five Gallery and Practice Gallery, as well as galleries in New Orleans and New Jersey.
Passage will also include an artist talk that is free and open to the public on a weekend day that will be announced on the artist’s website and Instagram. The Mill Space is located at 1007 N Orange Street, 4th Floor, Wilmington, DE 19801.
For more information visit www.kristadedricklai.com.