Stacy Lynn Waddell: Epitaph for a Darling Lady

Visual Art Center of Richmond presents:
Stacy Lynn Waddell:  Epitaph For A Darling Lady
November 13, 2015 – January 8, 2016 

“Sometime back, I discovered a wardrobe still from the set of Gone With The Wind that depicts co-stars Butterfly McQueen and Hattie McDaniel. At first glance, this image doesn’t differ much from others of its type, but something about it struck me in a personal regard. In the photograph, Butterfly McQueen stands to the left of her more experienced co-star who dominates the image for several reasons, not the least of which being her unflinchingly direct gaze at the viewer. McQueen’s stance, however, presents an altogether different point of view of a young woman looking beyond her present station to contemplate what’s ahead. 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.”