A life long love of experimenting with many mediums, but somehow paper always remains at my core.
"I am a mixed media artist and papermaker. My work is primarily centered around incorporating handmade papers into mixed media collage and layered paintings. I use a lot of vintage textiles and found objects in my work. I like to think I inherited this love of recycling from my Grandmother. Growing up, we spent a lot of time making art together. I watched her repurpose everything down to threads from old garments. It seemed NOTHING in our house was ever wasted! Consequently, there is something appealing about giving old objects new history by adding them into my work when possible.
My creative process is intuitive toward abstracted expressionism. Though I perfer not to confine myself to labels. Most compositions are intentionally vague narratives. Because I want to leave room for the soul to be drawn into the work by feelings rather than specific symbols or images. I want the experience to be personal. Creating art is an organic process like us afterall. And I believe, the things that touch us don't always have to be literal or concrete. Though I am conscious of and passionate about incorporating thoughts and feelings related to the complexities of my Afrocentric 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.