"I grew up watching my Grandmother recycle – everything! Nothing in our house was ever wasted.
Consequently, I thrive on incorporating recycled materials into my art. I am particularly drawn to disintegrating antique textiles. I love giving them new history while paying homage to the countless artisans like my mother and grandmother who created their handwork anonymously.
My work is primarily in mixed media hand papermaking, though I experiment with different mediums, especially watercolor, and quilting. The medium may differ, but the language or kinship I feel between image and technique still conveys a common thread, which is toward abstracted narratives. I use a poured pulp method of making paper of my own invention. Because it allows for the inclusion of many elements and layers.
I want people to be drawn into my art by their feelings. The intent is to leave room for personal interpretation. Because art is organic like us, 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.