"I grew up watching my Grandmother recycle – everything! Nothing in our house was ever wasted.
Consequently, I thrive on incorporating textiles, recycled materials, and found objects, into my work. I am particularly drawn to disintegrating antique textiles. I love giving new history to old handwork; paying homage to the countless artisans like my mother and grandmother who created their handwork anonymously.
My work is primarily hand papermaking, though I experiment with others mediums as part of my art. For me, the medium may differ, but the kinship I feel between composition and processes still conveys a common thread, which is toward abstracted narratives. I use a poured pulp method of making paper, because it allows for the inclusion of a variety of elements and layers.
I want people to be drawn into my art by their feelings. I like to leave room for personal interpretation. Because papermaking is organic like us. And therefore, the things that touch us don't always have to be verbal or concrete."
Rosalind Nzinga Vaughn-Nichol, is a mixed media artist, born in Indiana into a multi-generational family of artisans. She studied drawing and painting at Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana; received a BFA from California State University, Long Beach; and a MA from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma. She currently resides in the eastern United States.