Shenna Vaughn

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Shenna’s intuitive abstract paintings tell subconscious narratives of the deep stories of the soul. Her use of warm colors sets the stage for the expression of the personal thoughts that all must confront. Her work invites the audience to enter a personal conversation of reflection and confession. While these subjects are introduced through her particular use of pigments and textures, the symbolism used uninhibitedly exposes vulnerability.

Shenna’s use of symbols also acts as both a stabilizing balance and an ingenious hint towards her abstraction. Figures are represented by bold geometrics and hard lines, forcing the content driven work to command our attention. Yet despite the power of this technique, in reality it is only the means to an end. Shenna’s introspective work effectively acts as a reminder that it is important to listen to the story of the self. Shenna’s work has been included in the following:

 National group exhibitions:

  • One Art Space (March 2017)
  • SQPA (March 2017)
  • Nassau County Controller (March 2016)
  • Rush Arts Gallery (November 2015, November 2013, October 2012)
  • Skylight Gallery (September 2015, January 2014)
  • Harlem School for the Arts (April 2015)
  • William P. Miller Gallery (March 2015)
  • National Black Theatre (February 2015)
  • Holiday House NYC (December 2014)
  • Artmarket Hamptons (August 2014)
  • Jamaica Cultural Arts and learning (August 2014)
  • Prizm Art Fair (December 2013)
  • Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (December 2013)
  • The Baobab Cultural Center (August 2013)
  • Art Prize (September 2013)
  • Gallery Guichard (August 2013, August 2012, May 2012)
  • African American Museum of Dallas Texas (April 2013)
  • Jamaica Performing Arts Center (February 2013)
  • The WAH Center (October 2012)
  • Miami Scope Art Basel (December 2011)
  • Agora Gallery (May 2011)
  • Hudson Guild Gallery (September 2008)

 International group exhibitions:

  • Fusion Japan (March 2017) Residency
  • AFA- Barbados (March 2017, March 2016, March 2015, March 2014)
  • Agora Gallery (February 2011)
  • Caelum Gallery (July 2010)

Solo Shows:

  • Billie’s Black (December 2015)
  • Jamaica Performing Arts Center (February 2014)
  • Le Grand Dakar (January 2011)
  • Cape Liberty Gallery (July 2008)

Competitions:

  • Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series in conjunction with Rush Arts Gallery
  • Winner in (December 2011)
  • New York Finalist in (November 2015, November 2013, and October 2012)

Public Display:

  • Northwell Health Cohen Children’s Medical Center
  • Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage (March 2014 & 2013)
  • Government Social Security Building  (February 2014 & 2015)
  • Resorts World Casino  (February 2014)

 Publications (Paper and Online)

  • ETT WOMEN (2016)
  • Juicy Highlights (February 2016)
  • Model Citizen Magazine  (February 2016)
  • Brooklyn Reader (January 2014)
  • Prizm Art Catalog (December 2014)
  • Communities of Color newspaper (March 2013)
  • Artisan Series (December 2011)
  • Art Spectrum (May 2011)
  • Queens Chronicle newspaper (January 2011)
  • Dynamically Active Movement Magazine (February 2010)

Commissions/ Film:

  • The Poets (April 2016)
  • Seven Angels Theatre  (October 2010)
  • Delusions of Guinevere (November 2014)
  • Night Catches Us (2009)

 

Shenna’s work is privately collected by many including Mara Schiavocampo, Tina Knowles and Tommy Porter.

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