Studio Update / by Krista Dedrick Lai

Hello Friends!

I know I have not written in a little while but it's not because I haven't been "making!" I've been working hard on a few experimental pieces as well as matting and framing up the Cosmic Collages in preparation for shopping them around for a display space. I've also been seeing some fantastic exhibits that I will write more about in coming days.

I want to share this picture of a study I did of Bernini's The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa. I saw this sculpture for the first time as a student in Rome, Italy and it was one of those moments that just stopped me in my tracks. Not only was I blown away by the beauty and excellence of the sculpture, but also (coming from a very American, Protestant background) I was amazed that something exuding so much sensuality was so prominently displayed in a place of worship, and had been for many years. The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa was one of the first religious works of art that piqued my interest in the way religious imagery could be used to convey very human experiences and issues. I wanted to try a different process than I usually use with acrylics and decided to use this old favorite as my subject matter.

Study of The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, Acrylic on Canvas Paper, 2016

Here are some sneak-peak pictures of my studio and some of the framed Cosmic pieces. Have a great weekend!

A peak into my studio

A peak into my studio

A mixed-media work in progress. This will change a bit more.

A mixed-media work in progress. This will change a bit more.

Two pieces from my Space series all framed up.