"I grew up watching my Grandmother recycle – everything! Nothing in our house was ever wasted.
“I am a mixed media artist and papermaker. My work is primarily centered around incorporating handmade paper into mixed media collage and paintings. I use disintegrating vintage textile especially in papermaking, and, found objects in the process. I inherited this love for recycling from my Grandmother. She would re-purpose everything down to the very threads that came from old garments. Accordingly, I find something very magical about giving things with a history new life by adding them into my work.
My art is spiritual and intuitive. I am always searching soul for higher ideas / purpose of what connects us as human beings. I try to listen and feel the work to allow it to become what it needs to be. The mediums differ, but I think there is alwaysa kinship conveyed in my compositions.
I want people to be drawn into the art by feelings rather than necessarily by the identification of symbols or images. So, I like to use vague abstracted forms and color to create my narratives, leaving room for personal interpretation. I see art as an organic process. And, I believe it is as important to be inspired bythe heart as by the literal images.”
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.