Stacy Lynn Waddell loves playing with fire. The North Carolina-based artist, whose works will be on view at the Gibbes this fall, burns, singes, and brands paper and fabric to create art. Waddell says that she favors these techniques because similar processes have been used throughout history to render violent acts on the black body, referencing African scarification ceremonies and the darkened skin of African Americans. Pieces like “Hotmama” and “Shine” are portraits of black women, while “Attack of the Killa B’s” and “Get Down” are more abstract.
Waddell received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 and has exhibited nationally. Most recently, she was a finalist for the Gibbes’ Factor Prize for Southern Art in 2008.
“Stacy Lynn Waddell’s work is exciting because it draws upon the past, but is undoubtedly contemporary in both subject and technique,” says Gibbes curator Pam Wall. “Her work is visually compelling and also a bit haunting — a combination that makes for a very interesting exhibition.” —Erica Jackson