A life long love of experimenting with many mediums, somehow paper always remains at my core.
“I am a mixed media papermaker. I incorporate disintegrating vintage textiles and found objects into papers, which I use to create mixed media collage, poured pulp and acrylic paintings. I inherited a love for recycling from my grandmother. She would repurpose everything from old garments down to their threads. Nothing in our house was ever wasted. Consequently, I find something grounding about giving new life to things with history.
I believe my work has a lyrical and spiritual quality. That pleases me, because I purpose to live a spiritually centered life. My abstracted narratives are intentionally vague. Since the things that touch and feed our souls are not always tangible. I want the viewer to have space to find meaning, with or without, the guidance of my intentions and symbolism. Though I feel deeply connected to the complexities of my American Afrocentric roots, and generally incorporate African iconography and textiles in my work."
Rosalind Nzinga Vaughn-Nichol was born in Indiana into a multi-generational family of artisans and crafts persons. She studied drawing and painting at Herron School of Art and Design, at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana; received a BFA from California State University, in Long Beach, California; and a MA from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She presently lives in the northeastern USA.