EPITAPH FOR A DARLING LADY
November 13, 2015 - January 8, 2016
Opening Reception, November 13, 5-7 pm
Artist's Talk: Thurs., December 3, 7:00 pm
Recognized for her innovative use of fire, branding irons, alchemical processes and gilding, Stacy Lynn Waddell employs symbolism and allegory to dissect and illustrate American culture, history, and her own personal experience. In this exhibition, which marks a recent shift in her studio practice, Waddell creates a visual narrative featuring famed American actress Thelma “Butterfly” McQueen as her protagonist. Waddell states,“Butterfly McQueen was an iconoclast, but a reluctant one. Despite the prevailing cultural and social force field that dictated much of her lived experience, she persisted in reimagining a life of nuance and free-range possibilities, but the quest for freedom often comes at a cost. Epitaph For A Darling Lady presents an installation of mixed-media works that spin a well-worn cautionary tale with a surprising and beautiful ending.”
Epitaph For A Darling Lady is accompanied by an original video documenting Waddell's studio processes along with a catalog including an essay written by Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator Emerita of the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC.