LAI Wai Yi, Monti
Local environmental artist Lai Huiyi observes the surroundings through her works, exploring the subtle connection between man and nature. Lei received a master's degree from the Art and Design Department of Aalto University in Finland, majoring in environmental art. Now living in Lai Chi Wo Village, he mainly explores related issues through farming such as rice planting. His works cover local installations, paintings and participatory art, and have been exhibited in Hong Kong, Denmark, Finland, Beijing, Germany and Estonia. Lei’s is participating in the “Moving Plants” international joint exhibition at the Rønnebæksholm Museum in Næstved, Denmark, to see through the aesthetic participation and practice of plants connecting the local community and the international community on environmental issues. Lai also actively promotes art-based environmental education and has worked with many local and overseas NGOs and schools. The "Environmental Art Workshop in Lai Chi Wo" curated by him has just won the 2016 Hong Kong Arts Development Award for Outstanding Performance. Lai recently established the "Tanabe Art Research Institute", inviting artists and professionals from different sectors to exchange ideas and discuss how art can intervene in different issues such as land, ecology, and cultural conservation. He is also committed to promoting the development and popularization of environmental art in Hong Kong.
Monti Wai-Yi LAI is an environmental artist in Hong Kong recognized for works that reflect on the relationship between art and the environment. Lai received her MA from Aalto University in Finland majoring in environmental art. She is now based at Lai Chi Wo Village exploring the same subject with farming practice whereas paddy rice planting in particular. Her work ranging from site-specific environmental installation to drawing and participatory art, has been exhibited in Hong Kong, Denmark, Finland, Beijing, Germany, Estonia, and amongst other places. Lai's work is now exhibiting in “Moving Plant”, an international joint exhibition, at Rønnebæksholm, Denmark, which focus on plants connect locally and globally upon environmental issues with aesthetic engagements. Lai also actively promotes art-based environmental education. She has been working with numerous local and overseas NGO's and schools. "Touching the Earth-Environmental Art Workshop at Lai Chi Wo", a program led by Lai, h as been awarded the Certificate of Merit in Hong Kong Art Development Awards 2016. Recently Lai sets up the Farmside Art Research Lab, inviting artists and professionals from different disciplines to work together in generating new idea and concepts on how art intervenes the debate on land, ecology and culture conservation. In addition, it aims at promoting environmental art to the general public.