David Waddell is a teacher, arts advocate, and artist from Houston, Texas. He is the Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in addition to teaching college students. He received his MFA in Painting at the American University and BFA from University of Texas, Austin. He has shown his work at Gavin Brown Enterprise, Katzen Art Center, Aurora Picture Show, Fotofest, Lawndale Art Center... to name a few. In addition, he was a resident at Lawndale Art Center and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. He has given talks at the Blaffer Art Museum and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.
I work in ceramics, painting, collage, video, and installation. Coming from a painting and collage background, the ceramic pieces make sense. I take apart and rebuild imagery and forms to create a new object. The process of reconstructing from ruins and borrowing from other sources allows the work to have a familiarity while also being foreign. As a middle-aged person, I have experienced both the magic, wonder, and evolution of my own children while seeing the decline of my parents and grandparents. My work is about life and death and everything in between.