"Hello, my name is Cedric Tai and I make art and friends spanning Detroit, Glasgow, and Los Angeles. I’m an un-disciplinary artist, who went and got Art Education certification from Michigan State U., and one of those MFAs from the Glasgow School of Art.
I’ve received a 25K Kresge Arts Fellowship, a 25K Knight Foundation Challenge Grant, and have gallery representation with Simone DeSousa Gallery based in Detroit, Michigan.
I make artwork to tickle, cajole and inspire people to consider their fears, limits and individual aspirations with curiosity.
Recently someone said that I’m 'Pathologically Curious’, which is the most tender way I’ve ever heard my ADHD (aka Time-Blindness, aka Intention Deficit Disorder) described back to me.
Some of my work is setup systematically (“Brixels” tessellations/“They Didn’t Go” excel spreadsheets/“Reverse-Pick-Pocketing” workshops) so that I can focus on the way that I want to elicit a response from a specific audience. Other works are like love letters wherein I come to know someone through the process of making the work.
What brings my work together is the magic element of PLAY; Play that begins in the landscape of the unconscious, made of doubt, ritual, grief, healing, honesty, tiny pleasures, guilt and responsibility. All of these elements are authentic and alive in my work, speaking to each other.
That conversation is what I hope the viewer experiences."