Stacy Lynn Waddell

Home House

October 5, 2022 - February 7, 2023
Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade

Stacy Lynn Waddell (b. 1966, US) is an American artist who explores the storytelling power of portraits and how society articulates its values and social hierarchies visually through portraiture. She focuses on the correspondence between art historical narratives and economic, political, and social structures, probing the contradictions and misperceptions of American culture through the allegory of her own personal story.

Waddell is the self-appointed archivist of her family and has spent many long hours researching her family’s origin story. The young woman in this photograph is the artist's maternal grandmother, Anliza Massenburg Gill, on a visit to New York City. She was a firm believer in community and family, and together with her husband Otis Gill, raised seven children, who have continued to thrive across generations at home house On-The-Hill on their treasured farm and pasture lands in North Carolina. By placing this photograph on the Façade, Waddell honors her dearly loved grandmother in a way that speaks to the lasting impact of portraiture.

Home House can be enjoyed by all on the exterior of our building on Evans Way and by ticketed visitors from inside the Museum’s walled garden. Additional works by the artist are featured in the exhibition Metal of Honor: Gold from Simone Martini to Contemporary Art on view through January 16, 2023.

IMAGE: Stacy Lynn Waddell (b. 1966, US), Home House, 2022. Artist rendering.

Image: Stacy Lynn Waddell (b. 1966, US), Home House, 2022. Artist rendering.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Stacy Lynn Waddell (b. 1966, US) is an artist whose practice explores economic, political and social structures, and her works address the authorship and idealism of art historical narratives. She is a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, an Artist-in-Residence at Joan Mitchell Center (New Orleans), Queen Space (New York) and currently at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. In Fall 2022, Waddell will be in Italy to install A Moon For A Sun at Sala1 in Rome, Italy and to take up residency in Umbria as the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellow. She lives and works in North Carolina.

Photo of Stacy Lynn Waddell

Photo by Bearwalk Cinema

EXHIBITION RELATED PROGRAMS

This fall, join us for a suite of programs exploring these artists’ techniques, the history of gold mining and its use as an artists’ medium, incarceration and creativity, and more. Explore our Calendar to learn more!

RELATED EXHIBITIONS

RELATED EXHIBITIONS

Metal of Honor: Gold from Simone Martini to Contemporary Art

Hostetter Gallery | October 13, 2022 - January 16, 2023

The Jerome Project

Fenway Gallery | October 13, 2022 - January 16, 2023

The Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade on Evans Way has been dedicated to rotating commissioned site-specific new works since 2012. The fabric scrim serves as an outdoor canvas that extends the gallery space beyond the Museum's interior walls and serves as public art in the city of Boston. The Artist-in-Residence program is directed by Pieranna Cavalchini, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art, and is supported by the Barbara Lee Program Fund. The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.