TARA BLACKWELL is American but lives in North America
Krista Dedrick-Lai is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia, PA. Exploring emotion, bodily experiences, and her personal history through her art, Dedrick-Lai composes pieces that speak to the ever-changing, transformative nature of life. Each texture, color, and composition immerses the viewer in melancholy emotion and energy that tells us the story of Dedrick-Lai’s experiences. Many who look at her pieces can find themselves in the movement and feeling painted upon the surface.
Dedrick-Lai's work has been on view in galleries across the country and in virtual spaces such as I Like Your Work, Dear Artists and Stay Home Gallery. Recently Krista completed a residency with Stay Home Gallery in Paris, TN. In 2021, a poster Krista created in collaboration with Mural Arts and Streets Dept was collected by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
What we love
Dedrick-Lai’s figures and dreamscapes are created with bold, contrasting colors reflecting chaotic environments and the swirling storms of existence. We feel as close as we can to the worlds within Dedrick-Lai’s mind. There is love and immense care, but there is also a relatable anxiety, chaos, and sadness. The narratives she builds are a collective experience connecting her stories to her viewer’s emotions. What she creates in her artwork is a visual language that speaks for the experiences that words alone cannot explain. By viewing the application of creativity, paint, and powerful movement, there is a deep visceral feeling that helps us connect to the emotion.