My practice is directed by relationships and experiences in and outside of the studio. I create assemblages in my studio which I then photograph outside in urban environments. The locations I chose to shoot at – former cement factories, dams and reservoirs became the readymade for the large backdrops of tourist destinations and street corners in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY that I created.
Born in Chicago, IL, Jessica Vaughn holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania (2011) and a Bachelor of Humanities/Arts from Carnegie Mellon University (2006). She participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2013. Her work has been exhibited at MOMA PS1, Studio Museum in Harlem, Project Row Houses, and in galleries in the US and abroad. Vaughn is currently in the Bronx Museum of Art’s AIM Program and has participated in residencies at the Women’s Studio Workshop, and Vermont Studio Center. She has been published in Artforum, The New York Times, Modern Painters Magazine, among others.