Artist Statement


I am interested in the aesthetics of power, authority and
desire as constructed by governing systems. This awareness pushes me to develop
visual means of resistance. In my practice I communicate images and experiences
that are visceral and symbolic in nature, ultimately creating new visual
lexicons that combat the prevailing modes of signification.



Davin Watne
is an artist based in Kansas City with an established record of professional
achievement. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1994 and
his MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. He has been awarded the
Charlotte Street Foundation Award, ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, Avenue of Arts
Municipal Arts Grant, Art in the Loop Public Arts Grant and a former resident
of the Studios Inc. Residency Program. Davin holds a fulltime lecturer position
at University of Missouri Kansas City, where he teaches Painting and Drawing.
Davin is also the head curator and director of the UMKC Gallery of Art.