Krista Dedrick Lai works across different mediums and styles. Best known for her colorful urban landscape collages Krista also paints 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. Working within the context of a political climate that is concerning and disappointing, Krista reflects the tension between good and evil, justice and injustice, hope and despair by using contrasting colors, values, text and imagery. 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.