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Daniel Lai
Tennessee

Full Statement

Media:  Mixed Media

Teach Him to Fish
Food For Thought
Daniel Lai
BA Linguistics, Montclair State University, NJ
MA Art Studies/Art History, Montclair State University, NJ
Currently pursuing a PhD Sociology, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, TN

Daniel Lai, a self-taught artist, has been published in numerous books and magazines and has earned several awards nationally and internationally.

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. Three dimensional representation of my experience transcends the boundary of words