Sala 1 is pleased to present a site-specific installation entitled A Moon For A Sun by the American artist Stacy Lynn Waddell in her first exhibition outside the U.S. The exhibition, curated by Mary Angela Schroth, is in collaboration with the Fondazione Civitella Ranieri where the artist is currently a resident. The initiative is under the patronage of the CANDICE MADEY Gallery in New York, who represents the artist. Sala 1 has often collaborated with international galleries and CANDICE MADEY represents one of the most important emerging contemporary art galleries in the U.S. Major support is from Susan and Michael Hirshfield, long-time collectors of the artist.
Waddell writes about her concept:
“In addition to landscapes, portraits and other representational approaches, I have created an ongoing series entitled “Damaged Emergency Blankets”. Expansive and primarily distressed paper and papery material, these pieces are simultaneously abstract two-dimensional fields and pliable sculptural stock that can be shaped into a variety of forms with varying levels of relief. Each piece becomes an ode to an iconoclast or event such as Thelma ‘Butterfly’ McQueen, Octavia Butler or the Black and Blue Atlantic.
The original conceit for these pieces grew out of a fascination with the seemingly inert squares of Mylar used to deliver emergency sources of heat to runners, outdoor trekkers, victims of circumstance, etc. In the last few years, these reflective blankets have become a symbol for those persons that make the harrowing journey of migration from various parts of the world in search of refuge and Latino children in internment camps that have been forcibly separated from their families during the immigration debacle that has become a global symbol of misconduct and nationalist fear.” (Waddell, 2022)
Stacy Lynn Waddell (born 1966 Washington, DC) earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Awards, commissions, and residencies include a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, an Artist-in-Residence at Joan Mitchell Center, Queen Space and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum among others. She has exhibited widely, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Nasher Art Museum at Duke University, the North Carolina Museum of Art and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Her work is included in several public and private collections that include The Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Nasher Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, and Princeton University Art Museum among others. She lives and works in Durham, North Carolina.