Artist StatementMy work investigates nature and its relation to the synthetic. I am a collector of objects usually when walking through forests, along the street or at the drugstore. I combine materials such as holiday themed candy with branches. I transform objects so they have multiple meanings. Wallpaper becomes seaweed creeping up a wall, sandwich bags filled with Jell-O become a funnel of light and a cocoon, pasta becomes a net for catching fake shrimp. I find humor in everyday life, sometimes in tragedy. We have to laugh sometimes. I want to catch people off guard and make them smile at a fantastical object placed in space.
David Waddell was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He received his BFA from the University of Texas, Austin. He has shown in numerous spaces in Texas, DC, New York and Italy. Waddell worked at institutions including the Blaffer Art Gallery at the University of Houston, the Katzen Arts Center, the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, and the Rice Gallery for installation art. Waddell has been a resident at the Commerce Street Art Warehouse and at the Chauatuaqua Art Institution. This past summer he curated a show titled Play! in Houston.