"I grew up watching my Grandmother recycle – everything! Nothing in our house was ever wasted.
Consequently, I believe, I thrive on incorporating recycled materials textiles and found objects into my work. I am particularly drawn to disintegrating antique textiles because I love the way they absorb into the papermaking process. Old objects and textiles create history. And, old handwork also pays homage to the countless artisans like my mother and grandmother who created their handwork anonymously.
My work is primarily centered around papermaking, though I experiment with others mediums as part of process. The medium may differ, but the kinship I feel between composition and processes conveys a common thread, which is toward abstracted narratives.
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, 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 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 the eastern United States.