For Primrose Variations, Vaughan presents a series of complex, representational oil paintings, pencil drawings and analogue collages. Referencing elements from surrealism, pre-renaissance symbolism and photography, Vaughan also draws on personal histories through the use of embedded symbols and objects of significance.
“I take snapshots from my past and re-imagine them as symbolic narratives. I want to make personal works that are evocative, inscrutable and coded with hidden subtext.”
Borrowing inspiration from Dada, Surrealism and Punk; Vaughan uses absurdity as an artistic device to disrupt and derail conventional thought patterns. Incongruous images and unexpected juxtapositions produce a surrealist vision with its own laws of physics and idiosyncratic semantics