Artist Spotlight: Jolene Lai
Singapore-raised, Los Angeles-based artist Jolene Lai has been steadily building a reputation within the L.A. art world. After appearing in several group exhibitions alongside fellow Asian artists, she had her first solo exhibition in 2012 and is producing a second solo exhibition this month at Thinkspace Gallery. Her oil paintings exist in a realm where reality and surrealism intersect in interesting and bizarre ways. In her pieces, which mostly feature young women as the centerpiece, she’s not afraid to take something aesthetically pretty and then taint them with something grotesque (like random chicken heads!). There’s also a consistent “broken doll” theme in her work. Lai says her paintings are often inspired “by the weird and spooky (sic) within Asian beliefs and culture.” Her recent Playground series echoes that sentiment, showcasing three pieces that are all cleverly creepy.