Daniel Lai Statement

My sculpture series is a three-dimensional journal that conveys snippets of my emotions and feelings toward life; and the themes of this series often touch upon knowledge and contemplation. I often write my experiences in a journal but find it inadequate to convey how I truly feel. As a result, I translate these paragraphs to a visual form that is three dimensional, simplistic, and often relatable to many. I call these sculptures “three dimensional hieroglyphs of my experiences.” Often times, the true meaning of text and words are just beneath that thin layer of their lexical meaning. In other words, we live in a metaphorical world. This three-dimensional representation of my experience is able to transcend the boundary of words.

Exhibitions

2017 Art Clectic, Nasheville, TN
2013  The Haen Gallery, Group Exhibition, “Wintertide 2013”, Asheville, NC
2012  16 Patton Gallery, Solo Exhibition, “3D Hieroglyphs: Hermeneutics”, Asheville, NC
2011  Estel Gallery, Solo Exhibition, “Connecting the Dots”, Nashville, TN
2008  Todd Gallery, Group Exhibition, “Faculty Show” at MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN
2007  Arcade Building, Solo Public Exhibition, “Burnt Portraits Public Art Exhibit”, Nashville, TN

Awards/Publications

2018 – Best in Show, ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, South Walton, Florida
2018 – Best 3D, Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, Cedar Key, Florida
2018 – Best New Artist, Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, West Palm Beach, Florida
2016 – Best of Show, Fine Art & Fine Craft Festival, Evanston, Illinois
2014 – Granted US citizenship through extraordinary ability in field of fine art and arts management
2014 – Best in Show, Piedmont Park Art Festival
2007 – Fall/Winter issue of Direct Art
2005 – Spring issue, SlowArt Production, Phoenicia, NY.
2004 – International Photography Award (IPA), Los Angeles, CA.
2003 – Award of Excellence, 23rd Annual Spring Photography Competition by Photographer’s Forum Magazine