"Tossed", 2021, acrylic and paint marker on canvas, 28" x 36"
"Eye to Eye, 2021", acrylic, flashe and paint marker on canvas, 48" x 60"
"Eternal, Lonely Journey", 2021, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 60"
"I'm Fine", 2021, acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24"
"Mirror", 2021, acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24"
"Rearranging", 2021, acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24"
"Proving it To You", 2021, acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24"
"Against the Storm", 2021, acrylic and flashe on canvas, 72" x 84"
"This Wonderful Wildness is Our Only Hereafter", 2021, acrylic and paint marker on canvas, 20” x 26”
"Portal 1", 2020-2021, acrylic and paint marker on panel, 16" x 16"
"Portal 2", 2020-2021, acrylic and paint marker on panel, 16" x 16"
"My Mind is a Foreign Land", 2021, mixed media (found paper, towel, baby blanket, t-shirt/paint rag, paint skins, found fabric, lingerie, bra, acrylic paint, lace, foil, tarpeline) on canvas, 30" x 40"
"Episode 2", 2020, mixed media (pipe cleaners, wire, paint skins, cut paper, acrylic paint on panel, 8" x 10"
"Episode 4", 2020, mixed media (paint skins, cut paper, acrylic paint and post it notes on panel, 8" x 10"
"Episode 6", 2020, mixed media (paint skins, cut paper, acrylic paint and wire on canvas, 8" x 10"
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"Migration", 2019, acrylic on panel, 30" x 36"
"Candlelight", 2019, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 60"
"Flames", 2019, acrylic on panel, 8" x 10"
"Glimmer", 2019, acrylic and flashe on panel, 28" x 36"
"Living a Life", 2019, acrylic on panel, 28" x 36"
"Mile After Mile", 2019, acrylic on panel, 28" x 36"
"Passing Through", 2019, acrylic on canvas, 13" x 16"
"Reverberation", 2019, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36"
"30 Days and Counting", 2020, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"
"Find Your Way", 2020-2021, acrylic and flashe on canvas, 48" x 60"
"Signs of Life", 2020, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"
"Slipping Through", 2020, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"
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Member Portfolio

Krista Dedrick-Lai

Philadelphia, PA


Artist Statement

My paintings and mixed media pieces begin with feelings; emotions so visceral they are physically felt. These bodily experiences lead me inward, where I grapple with my mental illness, identity and personal history. Sometimes my motivation is simply an intense, chaotic rush of meaningfulness that only I can sense. Or a sweet moment to be savored, like my child’s small arms wrapped around my neck; A love or a longing that makes my blood hum. In life and art, I ride the weather until it passes.
When painting, I often begin with a wash of hot color like orange or magenta. I use Pyrrole Orange especially, because of its energy and heat. These hot grounds are the inner cores of my paintings. I stabilize these fiery bases with the blues of water and sky. Sometimes I pave over them with inky grays, purples and greens so dark they are almost black. Nevertheless this hot lifeblood peeks out from beneath so many of my paintings, reminding me it’s always there. It’s easy to assume that the use of bright colors indicate joy or effervescence. For me bright, bold colors represent the intensity and, often, discomfort of the mental and physical states I experience. A clashing of worlds
From the tumultuous energy of my bold brush strokes and energetic marks imagery emerges: hands grasping or figures in a state of struggle or surrender. Careful color choices define the space of my paintings and build spaces within them; fragile places that seem balanced on the precipice of motion, or even catastrophe. A similar struggle ensues with my mixed media pieces: the recognizable is subsumed by chaos only to be overtaken by the precision of a found object, rooting the piece in reality again.

Artist Biography

Krista Dedrick-Lai is a visual artist whose work is rooted in emotions, bodily experiences and identity. Storms swirl and figures struggle (or surrender) in Krista’s paintings, as they navigate chaotic environments. After earning her BFA from Tyler School of Art, Krista made Philadelphia her home and now lives and works just steps from the Italian Market with her husband and young son. Her work has been shown in a number of Philadelphia galleries, across the country and in virtual spaces such as I Like Your Work, Dear Artists and Stay Home Gallery. Recently Krista’s work was included in the exhibition Painting at Night organized by The Artist Mother Network, curated by Melanie Cooper Pennington and hosted by Artlink Contemporary Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2021 a poster Krista created in collaboration with Mural Arts and Streets Dept was collected by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


NYC Crit ClubStudied under Andrew Prayzner, Nora Griffin, Kris Rac and Catherine Haggerty
Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Minor: Art History
Temple University Rome, Rome, Italy

Awards & Honors

Puffin Foundation Ltd., Teaneck, NJ
Stay Home Gallery and Residency, Paris, TN


"Phases," Dear Artists Projects, exhibition catalogue, page 18, March, 2021
Benner, Conrad, "10 policies Biden must pass in his first 100 days, drawn by Philly artists," The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 24, 2021
Mural Arts Staff, "First 100 Days," Mural Arts, Philadelphia, January 25, 2021
Glasper, Janyce Denise, “The Common Room, a gallery, work space and store for womxnand non-binary artists, turns one", The Artblog, September 6, 2018
Krieger, Deborah, "Best of the Worst, a Lively Show of Rejects at Practice Gallery", The Artblog, July 19, 2018
Catalyst Collective New Orleans, "PoliticoPopUp3 Catalog"
Catalyst Collective New Orleans, PoliticoPopUp2 Catalog
Underground Art Magazine, Political and Pop Culture 2016 Issue, December 2016, Digital.

Kaplan, Karen B., Curiosity Seekers, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, February 2017

Select Collections

Free Immigrant Families, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Acquired 2021
Bright Future, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Pediatric Department, New York, NY
Acquired 2017
Public Projects
First 100 Days, Philadelphia, PA
Sponsored by Streets Dept and Mural Arts Philadelphia


Member, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA
Member, Thrive Art Studio, Vancouver, Canada


Full list of exhibitions on Krista Dedrick-Lai's website
The Mill, Wilmington, DE
The Quiet Storm, Pittsburgh, PA

Two- and Three-Person
Here and There, InLiquid at The National Old City, Philadelphia, PA
Splash Page, Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro, Philadelphia, PA

Painting at Night, Artist Mother Podcast/ Artlink Contemporary Gallery, Ft Wayne IN
Inward, Stay Home Gallery, Online Exhibition
Phases, Dear Artists, Virtual Exhibition (catalogue)
Congruence, I Like Your Work, Virtual Exhibition
Artists in the Time of Coronavirus, The Artblog, Philadelphia PA, Virtual Exhibition
Transformation, High Five Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
The Politics of Home, Vacant Museum, Virtual Exhibition
Small Works 2019 Online Exhibition, Trestle Gallery, New York NY
Personal Psychology, Emerge Wellness, Philadelphia PA
Best of the Worst, Practice Gallery, Philadelphia PA
Where We Are, Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck NJ
Envisioning Election and Politics in 2016, Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck NJ
Philadelphia 2076, Space 1026, Philadelphia PA
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