I grew up watching my Grandmother recycle – everything!    

“I am a mixed media artist and papermaker. My work is primarily centered around incorporating my paper into mixed media collage and  paintings. I use a lot of vintage textiles and found objects into the papermaking process. I inherited this love for recycling from my Grandmother, who  repurposed  everything down to the threads from old garments. It seemed NOTHING in our house was everwasted! Consequently, I find something magical about giving old objects newlife by adding them into my work.

My creative process is mostly intuitive toward abstracted expressionism. I want people to have room be drawn into the art by their feelings rather than particular symbol or image. In that way, the experience is personal. I believe art is an organic process. So the things that touch us do not always have to be literal or concrete. My compositions are intentionally vague narratives. Though I am sensitive to incorporating thoughts and feelings about the complexities of my Afrocentric and  American roots."

Rosalind Nzinga Vaughn-Nichol, was born in Indiana into a multi-generational family of artisans and craftsmen. She studied drawing and painting at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana; received a BFA from California State University, Long Beach; and a MA from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma. She currently resides in northeastern USA.

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