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Visionary Women 2021 Edna Knox Davin Interview

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Born and raised in Washington, DC, Edna Knox Davin is a sculptor who currently works as a Kiln Technician at the Columbia Art Center and resides in Columbia, Maryland. My initial introduction to the world of visual arts began in the early 70s as a student at the Corcoran School of the Arts in Washington, DC. Soon after, I was accepted into Workshops for the Careers in the Arts (WCA), a joint collaboration between the DC Public School System and George Washington University of a professional training ground for artistically talented teenagers in the DC metropolitan area. This was my first exposure to professional artists on a national level and it was here that my focus on clay as a primary media art form began. Upon my senior year of high school in 1975, WCA transitioned into the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA) where I became a proud member of DESA’ first graduating class of artists. Concentrating my training there in the ceramics department allowed me to develop a portfolio of work sufficient to gain acceptance into the Philadelphia College of Art (presently University of the Arts) where I received a ceramics major. Working primarily in various hand-building techniques, I began to use the verses form to explore the use of geometric and organic shapes, as well as a combination thereof.  


I am currently working with templates created over the last 3-4 years which serve as the basis for resulting vessels, stand-alone forms and wall pieces. The intent of these pieces is to evoke feelings of movement, be they fluid or rigid in nature or having elements of both. This work began many years ago as the use of forms for the sake of creating vessels but has evolved into an exploration of exhausting specific forms to create Individual series of work.   



Comment about the work: This piece is a homage to me and my birth sisters. The interchange of repetitive shapes and forms were used to illustrate the bonds between us, the familial similarities and the parts of ourselves that live forever within each other. My thoughts and intentions regarding the creation of this piece crosses the boundaries of familial sisterhood and draws on the ties that bind us as women standing up for and representing all women.



24” x 36”

Stoneware on aluminum steel Canvas. 

Free-hand cold finish of acrylic paint.


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