Stacy-Lynn Waddell is best known for her innovative use of fire in a branding technique that destroys and reconstructs her materials. “Heat presented itself as a means of articulation,” she has said of her “tool” of choice, which she uses to scald, singe, and transform paper and canvases with black ash and sepia markings. As an African-American native of North Carolina, Waddell explores the contradictions and misperceptions of American culture through the allegory of her own personal history. She pieces together figures with symbols of her heritage, such as ships and southern landscapes, in works with stark titles like An Accidental Visitor to the United States Wooding-Up on the Mississippi Princess (2010). In addition to the burn marks, her works often include touches of gold leaf or watercolor, and move from the canvas to installations and projections.