About Nicholas Vaughan
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His art practice is an exploration of social issues with a particular interest in communities, how they are represented and what that says about the culture they are part of. The projects Vaughan develops explore themes of cultural heritage, identity, personal memory, subversive systems, and social change (imposed or self-created). With the combination of these subjects, the artist’s aim is to make work that questions social and political issues in a language that speaks to the audience and makes them connect, rethink, or question their own concepts, drawing from their own sense of self in the environment they inhabit.
As a part of Clinker, a project in which Vaughan created a visual art’s response to the 1980’s UK mining strike, 'Ghosts of 84-85' plays with the idea of media-misrepresentation and the fact that any piece of information communicated can be altered or manipulated. Using a technique of collage and painting developed by the artist, Vaughan expertly combines a multiplicity of identities to produce characters that merge conflicting interests and dilute the lines between each side of the argument.