Vaughn Sills

  • Vaughn Sills

    A Room of Her Own, archival pigmented print, 22 x 33 inches, 2010.

    A Room of Her Own
  • Vaughn Sills

    An Affair of Awe, archival pigmented print, 22 x 33 inches, 2016.

    An Affair of Awe
  • Vaughn Sills

    Being Here, archival pigmented print, 22 x 33 inches, 2018.

    Being Here
  • Vaughn Sills

    Let it Be, archival pigmented print, 22 x 33 inches, 2013.

    Let it Be
  • Vaughn Sills

    Scales Pond, archival pigmented print, 22 x 33 inches, 2018.

    Scales Pond
  • Vaughn Sills

    Sunrise in Searletown, archival pigmented print, 22 x 33 inches, 2018.

    Sunrise in Searletown
  • Vaughn Sills

    Tell the Truth, but Tell It Slant, archival pigmented print, 22 x 33 inches, 2010.

    Tell the Truth, but Tell It Slant
  • Vaughn Sills

    Moments Like This, archival pigmented print, 22 x 33 inches, 2015.

    Moments Like This
  • Vaughn Sills

    When the Day Breaks from Night, archival pigmented print, 22 x 33 inches, 2010.

    When the Day Breaks from Night

Artist Statement

My deep interest, visible in all of my work, involves how we are influenced by the land and how we influence it, how cultures evolve in relation to (and affect) their "natural" environment, just as we, as individuals, evolve, becoming who we are because of our families, and our psychological and environmental circumstances. My current body of work, True Poems Flee, is a visual memoir about Prince Edward Island, a way of life that was my mother's as a child, and my grieving for her. I photograph most often at dawn or the early morning, attempting to create images that honor the past, convey the feelings and complexity of grief, and recognize the present.

Artist Bio

Vaughn's photographs have been has been exhibited widely in museums and art galleries, including Trustman Art Gallery, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Ellen Miller Gallery, the DeCordova Museum, and the DuSable Museum of African American History and the US Botanic Garden. The Smithsonian American Art Museum recently acquired 33 prints from Places for the Spirit, Traditional African American Gardens; her work also is in the collections of the Harvard Art Museum, and DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park among others. Vaughn's work has earned two Fellowships and was twice named a Finalist from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She also received grants from Artadia Dialogue for Art and Culture, the Polaroid Foundation, The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEA), and the President's Fund for Faculty Excellence from Simmons University. Two books of her work have been published: Places for the Spirit, Traditional African American Gardens (Trinity University, 2010) and One Family (University of Georgia, 2001). Vaughn is a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center and Associate Professor Emerita of Photography at Simmons University. She lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Contact

vaughnsills@gmail.com
www.vaughnsills.com



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