‘Summertime Self-Portrait’

Arlissa Vaughn

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The “Shared Visions International Art Exhibit” runs through mid-August at the Southern California College of Optometry, 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, 714-992-7865, sccoeyecare.com/sharedvisions.

In 2005, Vaughn earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University—and learned she had a degenerative eye condition, retinitis pigmentosa. “I’m still in the early stages of vision loss. For now I want to make as much meaningful art as possible with as much vision as I still have.” She also offers artist coaching and consulting services.

Vaughn’s latest works are mixed-media, combining digital and traditional techniques. She manipulates images in Photoshop and prints the results on archival paper. Then she puts watery paint on the images and lays plastic on top of that—the removal of the plastic leaves a textural effect on the print, which she augments with markers, encaustic paint, and oil pastels.

“In my work I explore destiny, both that of humanity at large and that of the individual. I want viewers to feel the excitement, uncertainty, and awe of the human journey: Why do circumstances seem to make us or break us? Is destiny changeable? Are we the only charge for change in our lives, or does a greater power intervene?”

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This article originally appeared in the March 2012 issue.

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