Yen Yen-Jui Lai

Yen-Yen-Jui-Lai-A-Sad-Story Yen-Yen-Jui-Lai-Water-Room Yen-Yen-Jui-Lai-Dripping-Song Yen-Yen-Jui-Lai-Swimmers Yen-Yen-Jui-Lai-The-concept-of-time

Work1 Title: A Sad Story Year: 2016 Materials:plaster, video, and speaker. Dimensions: H 12 W 12 D 6
Work2 Title: Water Room Year: 2016 Materials: focus speaker, pencil, and a room (performance) Dimensions: H Depends on W room D size
Work3 Title: Dripping song Year: 2016 Materials: Ink on Paper Dimensions: H 6 W 8 D
Work4 Title: Swimmers Year: 2014- Materials: paper, ink, acrylic, pencil, and wax. Dimensions: H 5.7 W 7.8 D
Work5 Title: The concept of time Year: 2015 Materials: paper, ink, and pencil. Dimensions: H 12 W 20 D


I draw something that I fear or something I do not understand.

By living on an isolated island in East Asia. My world is composed of stories and literature. These become the only way I connect to the outside world and feel free inside my mind. For a person who lives on an island, the ocean is the end of the world. Space and time are blocked there, like a completely closed form. An outsider cannot pass through it, and an insider cannot escape. However, for the ocean itself, it is the beginning and the endless moment. I cannot understand the possibility of infinity. The ocean contains all kinds of consciousness, and it scared me a lot. In 2014, I made a big decision to leave the island where I used to live, but I suddenly realized I had just traveled from one island to another. By trying to escape, I feel I am drowning no wonder how far I am from the ocean. However, at the same time I know I need it. The ocean is the only connection we have to live in the same space-time, like a miracle in our gloomy lives. So I keep drawing the ocean, trying to overcome it and trying to understand it.


Yen-Yen-Jui Lai
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2016 M.F.A. Painting and Drawing, Pratt Institute, NY
2013 B.F.A. Visual Communication Design, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

Solo Exhibition
2016 [ ~ ], Dekalb Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Exhibition
2016, Art Mora, Chelsea, NY
2016, Art Mora, New Jersey, NY
2015, Second Fall Double Decker Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2015, Open Call, Lorimoto Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013, Meet Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
2012, Must Die, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
Site-Specific Installation
2016, Water Room, Pratt Studio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2014, Where is Amber, Taichung, Taiwan

2016, ArtSlant Round 7 Showcase winner, NY

Artist Talk
2015, Artist Talk, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Artist Books
2014, [ - ] , Self-printed and bound book. Edition 50
2014, Lonely Bottle, Self-printed and bound book with wood. Edition 5
2013, The Wardrobe, Self-printed and bound book. Edition 10

Place: Brooklyn, NY