About

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.

 Krista Dedrick Lai, photo by Steve Latimer

Krista Dedrick Lai, photo by Steve Latimer

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Exhibitions

Group

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, Philadelphia PA
Invitational

It's a Movement, Not a Moment, The Common Room, 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
Juried Exhibition

Other

2018
Benefit Exhibition for Friends of the Rail Park, curated by Bridgette Mayer Gallery, The Icebox at Crane Arts, Philadelphia PA

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

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
Krieger, Deborah: “Best of the Worst, a Lively Show of Rejects, at Practice Gallery,” Artblog, July 19, 2018.

Catalyst Collective New Orleans, PoliticoPopUp3 Catalog

2016
Catalyst Collective New Orleans, PoliticoPopUp2 Catalog

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

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