DANIEL LAI

Daniel Lai, of Chinese descent, was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He moved to the U.S. in 2000. He has a BA in Linguistics (2003) and an MA in Art Studies/Art History (2006) from Montclair State University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in criminology. When he is taking a break from his studies, he makes art.  His latest pursuits involve hanging sculptures made form clay and books that people have thrown away.  This budding artist is rapidly gaining popularity and has earned national and international awards as well as many prestigious publications.

 

SELECTED AWARDS

2009  Professional Development Grant, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, Tennessee.

2008  Professional Development Grant, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, Tennessee.

2005  Honor of Distinction. Black and White (Photography) Spider Award, Los Angeles, CA.

           Second Place. International Photography Award (IPA), Los Angeles, CA.

           Fine Art Photography " “Spirited Away”

2004  First Place. International Photography Award (IPA), Los Angeles, CA.

           Aerial Photography " “Above Salt Lake”

           First Place. International Photography Award (IPA), Los Angeles, CA.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2007  Publication Award, Direct Art, Fall/Winter 2007 issue, SlowArt Production, Phoenicia, NY.

2005  Publication Award, (Fossilography, photogram series,) Direct Art, Spring 2005 issue, SlowArt Production, Phoenicia , NY

 

Artist Word:

“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, 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.”