Meet Kathryn Vaughan - Artist in Residence


Can you describe your work for us in 7 words or less

Unveiling, symbol-heavy, empathetic, umami, internal, psychological, feminine

Being an artist can be a challenging profession, what advice would you give to your younger self?

My biggest piece of advice to my younger self is to trust myself in the process, and understand that many people are going to classify “what you do” as the thing you do to make money, versus what you do as your professional occupation of having an art-making practice.  We call it the “day job.”  Don’t feel like you need to explain yourself.  The most important thing is that you make good work.  There is no strait line forward in this career, and explaining  or quantifying my progress to others is much less simple than it is for those who have larger entities to facilitate the path through a career.  But the trade off is that you are running your own business, which means that you are your own boss.  


What are you listening to at the moment?

On repeat I have the compilation album Welcome to Zamrock: How Zambia’s Liberation Led to a Rock Revolution...also listening to the Violent Femmes.. and The Score by Fugees.

What do you look at for inspiration?

People, food, object placement, around me, the shapes of overlapping leaves, other people’s paintings, my inner world.

What artists inspire you most?

Vincent Van Gogh, Willem De Kooning, Romare Bearden, Kerry James Marshall, Hope Gangloff, Jackie Gendel, Alice Neel, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Kiki Smith, Edward Munch, Katherine Kollowitz, Dana Schutz, Fairfield Porter 


Who would be a dream artist to collaborate with?

One day...with my musician partner Dan Bogan

What’s something that you learned early in your career that you feel made you a better artist?

Never stop making work!! Have your artist support system! 


Why did you apply to become a resident at Jasper Studios? And what did you hope to achieve during the residency program?

I applied as a resident because I wanted to start a new body of work focused on the act of painting people.  I wanted a space to take a fresh approach to my work, which also entails working in a minimal set up. I have only what I need and it’s so refreshing!  I’m getting everything I wanted from this residency!!

Kathryn Vaughan