Koplin Del Rio is pleased to announce its debut exhibition of work by artist Stacy Lynn Waddell.
Waddell who is based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, works in a variety of mediums, combining drawing, collage, sculpture and installation. The pieces in her upcoming show Bluebelles, are all narrative works on paper in which the artist has burned or singed portraits and imagery, embellishing them with gold, silver leafing and watercolor. The subject matter in the large 8ft drawings and small mixed media pieces is both real and imagined, the ethereal episodes incorporate elements from American history, pop culture as well as explore personal identity.
If you Google “bluebelle” the results will range from a genus of hyacinth-like flower, to a chartered yacht that was the scene of a multiple murder and the Sixties girl group headlined by the soulful chanteuse Patti LaBelle. Any of these results might offer insights into this selection of works.
With the exhibition Bluebelles, architectonic arrangements of boats, birds, bodies of water and black beauties present a narrative about the construction of ideals that is part myth and part reality and exemplifies the beauty, melancholy and vagaries of a collective experience that is uniquely American.
However, my images are mirages. Each alchemic method that I employ creates a system of emphatic marks and disintegrating tones that highlight my growing anxieties about creation in a New Age where social, political and artistic foundations are shifting. –Stacy Lynn Waddell
Stacy Lynn Waddell earned an MFA in 2007 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC and an EDN degree from the School of Design at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. She is the recipient of a 2012 Art Matters Grant as well as a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2010. Waddell’s work has been featured in several prominent institutions and museum shows, including Duke University, The Weatherspoon Art Museum and UNC Chapel Hill. Stacy Lynn Waddell’s work is in the collection of the Ackland Museum of Art at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the Weatherspoon Museum of Art at the University of North Carolna-Greensboro, NC The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC.