Krista Dedrick Lai Spends Quality Time With Her Son During Self-Quarantine

InLiquid member Krista Dedrick Lai has kept herself busy during self-quarantine by doing yoga and spending quality time with her son during social distancing and self-quarantine.

What are you doing to keep sane during this time?

After white knuckling through the first few days of social distancing, and all the fear and change that entailed… my strategy has become: lowering my expectations… of myself, others and especially my young son. Before coronavirus, my solo show had just opened at The Mill, in Wilmington DE, and I was planning a talk and closing reception. Like so many others I have struggled to cope as daily routines have been turned upside down, eagerly anticipated events have been canceled, and plans have been significantly altered. The unknowns seem to pile up so high they blot out the sun.

I do yoga and try to remind myself that “the only thing constant is change” … that I’ve adapted before. I’ve begun inviting my son to collaborate with me, recognizing that my work will need to change at this moment when we are almost constantly together. I remember that artists have survived war, famine, disease and more and rejoice in moments of shared humanity: like the videos of the Italians singing from their balconies… or a Zoom virtual happy hour date with friends.

I look for the silver linings, like how content my son is having both of his parents so nearby. I am reminded constantly of how human I am… how human we all are. Our future has never been certain. And we have always hung by a thread of interrelated dependency on each other, with little individual control. It is a difficult reality to contemplate and accept.

Do you have any advice for others?

Lower your expectations!

What’s your trick to making sure you’re washing your hands for 20 seconds?

Sing Songs!

Do you have any TV or movie recommendations?

I recently watched I Am Not Okay With This and found it very charming. I’m also eagerly awaiting the return of Stranger Things and Killing Eve.

Tell us about your studio practices!

I used to have a couple of days each week of childcare to work. My husband is now working remotely, from my studio, and I am with my son all week long. I have been inviting my son to collaborate with me so that I can still create a little bit.

Lisa Graf is a ceramic sculptor and graphic designer. She creates abstract, organic, biomorphic forms in clay.
Lisa Graf
Lisa Graf

Lisa Graf is a ceramic sculptor and graphic designer. She creates abstract, organic, biomorphic forms in clay. …

Lisa Graf is a ceramic sculptor and graphic designer. She creates abstract, organic, biomorphic forms in clay. …

Lisa Graf is a ceramic sculptor and graphic designer. She creates abstract, organic, biomorphic forms in clay. …

I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural lines describe the play of light and wind across the water, while softer marks add life to the slow movement of rain laden clouds. Areas of sky, water, and land are knit together with brushstrokes to represent their seamless interaction under the common conditions of weather and time. In my acid etched tin pieces, areas of watery marks are left visible to suggest the underlying layers of the landscape. I  do not strive to recreate the particulars of  places that inspire me, but rather the timelessness of the elements of light, weather, and geometries that inform them. My work is not about how the landscape looks as much as about how the landscape makes me feel. I try to create an image that allows the viewer to engage with it in such a way as to invite similar introspection.
Kirby Fredendall
Kirby Fredendall

I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural…

I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural lines describe the play of light and wind across the water, while softer marks…

I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural lines describe the play of light and wind across the water, while softer marks add life to the…

German Vazquez
German Vazquez
Marc Schimsky
Marc Schimsky
John Howell White is Professor of Art Education in the Department of Art Education and Crafts at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He has an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.
John Howell White
John Howell White

John Howell White is Professor of Art Education in the Department of Art Education and Crafts at Kutztown University in Kutztown,…

John Howell White is Professor of Art Education in the Department of Art Education and Crafts at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He has an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute and a Ph.D. from The…

John Howell White is Professor of Art Education in the Department of Art Education and Crafts at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He has an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State…

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