Daniel Lai

Artist Statement

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.




clay and book on clayboard

18" x 18" x 8"



clay, book, and crayons on clayboard with a plexibox frame

16" x 12" x 8"


alternate view

"Workout...For The Brain"

clay and book on clayboard

30" x 24" x 7"


"Pencil Burst"

clay and book on clayboard

16" x 12" x 8"


Bennett Gallery

2104 Crestmoor Rd

Nashville TN 37215