Holly Vaughan

Holly Vaughan

Section 22

Section 22 – 1 Part. 2015. Hollow Cast in Wax on Second-hand Velvet Seat Covers. Exhibited in UEL FA Degree Show 2015.

Section 22 – 1 Part. 2015. Rusted Steel Plate, Hollow Silicon Casts. Exhibited in UEL FA Degree Show 2015.

Section 22 – 1 Part. 2015. Steel, Perspex, False Hair, Wax, Silicon Rubber, Ciment Fondu. Photo Credit: Dean Todd Exhibited in UEL FA Degree Show 2015.

Section 22 – 1 Part. 2015. Hollow casts in Latex adorned with Kapoc. Photo Credit: Dean Todd. Exhibited in UEL FA Degree Show 2015.

Section 22 – 1 Part. 2015. Jesmonite Resin Cast., Steel I-Beam, Steel, Wax, Kapoc. Photo Credit: Mark Sowden. Exhibited in St John on Bethnal Green, Clipper House & UEL FA Degree Show 2015.

View of 2 Parts of Section 22 in UEL FA Degree Show 2015

View of 2 Parts of Section 22 in UEL FA Degree Show 2015

She finds most important and interesting to concentrate on the process of making, along with the choosing of materials. Focusing on the bodily qualities of the skin and hair, she references the textures and transparencies of the skin, and the way the skin moves, stretches, folds and changes, the hardness and the softness as well as emphasising the nature and movement of hair over the body. She works building up layers over time of wax or latex, showing an age and a maturity in her pieces. She often uses the process of casting. Her most recent works involving at least one element each of life casts of her own body parts in various materials, such as Jesmonite and other resins, Ciment Fondu, and Silicon Rubber. Vaughan works instinctively, collecting materials that she feels embodies representations of the human body that she is drawn to, and challenges herself to play- to put the materials together to see what happens and to let the work meet her halfway. She believes in working with the strengths of the materials, therefore letting the work become what it wants to, rather than completely controlling every outcome of every piece. Materials she has used in the past include kapok, rope, thread, insulation, cushion stuffing, velvet, steel, aluminium, bronze, and in addition to, she currently incorporates casts of found objects that she finds relevant to her practise. The materials and process she uses enables Vaughan to never work on one piece from start to finish. The different processes and time it takes to use certain materials allows her to jump from one to the next to the next. This way, there is always an escape from moments of boredom and struggles.


  • Date September 2015 – May 2015.

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