Krista Dedrick Lai works across different mediums and styles. Best known for her colorful urban landscape collages Krista also 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.