2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Communication Arts, emphasis in Illustration
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
My artwork is an exploration into the human psyche. I use elements taken from flora, fauna and my
own recurrent dreams to personify internal emotional conflicts on such subjects as phobia, genetic
experimentation, maternity, narcissism, seduction and spirituality. Fragments from the exterior
natural world, as well as our own internal emotional world, inspire the concepts in my work. This
conceptual material offers me a wellspring of symbolic language that allows me to compose
anthropomorphic floral arrangements and whimsical hybrid creatures.
My preferred medium is acrylic paint, although at times I have combined digital painting with
traditional painting, ink drawings, collage and printmaking. I play with the effects of bold, neon
vibrant colors in order to overtly express what is normally unspoken, taboo, or subconscious.
Through my hybrid imagery, I introduce a secret story, sometimes hidden in plain sight within the
overall composition. My goal is to make visible that which is overlooked, confronting the public with
the dark and mysterious aspects of their own psyches, emotional struggles, and their relationship
with the natural environment. My work is an invitation to make an introspective examination and
reflection into our own existence, both physical and spiritual.
Edith Waddell was born and raised in Peru, where her artistic multidisciplinary exploration started. After moving to Los Angeles in 2002, her interest in drawing and painting became her main passion. She graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA with a BFA in Illustration. Her fascination with nature and psychology led her towards botanical and biological visual explorations as a means to convey human emotions. Her inkblot-like designs result in a colorful metamorphosis and synthesis of flora and fauna, conveying hints of seduction, sexuality, femininity and spirituality. Currently she lives in Los Angeles, where she works on gallery exhibitions as well as freelance illustration.
2015 Foliage, Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA 2015 Grand Opening Gala, Big Art Church Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Elevated Spaces, Sananda Gallery, Venice, CA
2015 Down, Sananda Gallery, Venice, CA
2014 In Dreams, 11:11 A Creative Collective, Tarzana, CA
2014 Laluzapalooza, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014 9th Year Anniversary Show, Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012 30th Annual Otis College Benefit Show and Auction, Los Angeles, CA
2011 29th Annual Otis College Benefit Show and Auction, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Everything but the Kitschen Sync, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008 LACC Student Show, Da Vinci Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA