Artist of the Day / Kenjio (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 art reflects his feelings at the time.  Some of his comments:

“I made this piece to reflect my being overwhelmed by the amount of reading and information overload during the first semester of my PhD program.”

“I made the Thinker as a reflection of the contemplation of new knowledge.”

“The Stitcher is connecting the dots of knowledge. He is holding red thread with a needle.”


About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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1 Response to Artist of the Day / Kenjio (Daniel Lai)

  1. Sara says:

    I so love these too! I have some bookmarked in my favourites from way back. Kenjio’s Thinker of new knowledge would sit so well with my ancient version. Maybe one day …..

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