Idealogies Over Facts | Book

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Medium:Clay, Paper
Dimensions:18"  x 18"  x 5"
Weight:3 lbs
Delivery Format:3D Artwork
Additional Description:Made with clay, thread, and discarded books cut, folded, and burnt. The burnt areas are glued so they won't flake off. The thread is glued, too.

The figure is permanently attached. The books are securely mounted on a 18" x 18" x 1.5" wood panel. Wall hanging. All ready; wire at the back. I signed and dated it 2018 front and back.

Note: to get rid of dust, use a hairdryer with NO HEAT. Or, a clean, dry brush will work.
What can better represent anti-intellectualism than burnt books?

In response to the atrocities against immigrants' children at the southern borders, I made this piece called Ideologies Over Facts. The black thread signifies all of us being entangled in the consequences of hateful ideologies. The figure represents what it's like to listen to conservatives' justification of their cruelty and malignancy.
Artist StatementI 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. 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 call these sculptures “three dimensional hieroglyphs of my experiences.” 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.
Artist BiographyDaniel Lai, a self-taught artist of Chinese descent from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was granted US citizenship through extraordinary ability in field of fine art and arts management in 2014.

Education: PhD in sociology (2015) from University of Tennessee, TN, MA in art history (2006) from Montclair State University, NJ, and BA in linguistics (2003) from Montclair State University, NJ.

Awards: Best in Craft -2014 Piedmont Park Art Festival (Atlanta, GA.,) Best of Category -2015 Millennium Arts Festival (Chicago, IL.,) Outstanding Achievement -2015 Gold Coast Art Festival (Chicago, IL.,) Best of Show -2015 Evanston Art Festival (Evanston, IL.,) Best of Show -2015 Artclectic (Nashville, TN.,) and Best of Show -2015 Artclectic endowed by Tennessee Craft (Nashville, TN.,) Director’s Choice Award at 2016 Spring Festival on Ponce (Atlanta, GA.) Best In Show - 2018 ArtsQuest (Sandestin, FL.,) Best 3D -2018 Old FL Celebration of Arts (Cedar Key, FL.,)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN|Graduated
Montclair State University|Graduated
What I Love Doing
Traveling, eating, cooking, reading. making art.
What I Find Beautiful
Truth, kindness, justice, epiphanies
My Favorite Memory
The best dishes I have eaten.
My Favorite Art Style
Any style as long as it is with good thought processes, good technical processes, and with high aesthetics.
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Artwork Medium Clay, Paper
Artwork Underlying Themes Change, Family, Loss
Creative Style Contemporary/Transitional, Figurative , Narrative
Collections No
Recipient No
Personality Type No
Subject Matter Geometric, People, Other