Monti Wai-yi Lai
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, has 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.