Crissia Vaughn

Submersion

 

 

As a hunter, I am aware that the majority of societal resources needed for survival are mediated through capitalism. Over the past three years, I have produced a series of self-portraits derived from photographs captured on my spearfishing dives. Driven by the awareness that nature is as brutal as it is beautiful and that hunting is an essential process at every level of the natural food chain, I use large-scale photorealism and vivid colors in an effort to reconnect my audience with the hunt and transfix them within the intricate evolutional details of the animals that we eat. I take inspiration from Paleolithic cave paintings, some of the earliest documented forms of painting that revered the hunt and the animals on which the painters depended. My work is thus a contemporary continuation of this prehistoric painting ritual, honoring the intrinsic relationship between human and animal, hunter and prey.

See more at crissiavaughn.com and @crissiascreations

Submersion 1, oil on canvas, 48″ x 60″
Submersion 2, oil on canvas, 30″ x 30″
Submersion 3, oil on canvas, 30″ x 30″
Submersion 4, oil on canvas, 30″ x 30″
Submersion 1 detail
Submersion 1 detail
Submersion 2 detail
Submersion 2 detail
Submersion 3 detail
Submersion 3 detail
Submersion 3 detail
Submersion 4 detail
Submersion 4 detail
Submersion 4 detail

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Yes Crissia! Your eye for light and movement is–wow, too gorgeous to not say something. Beautiful work.

Congratulations Crissia! It has been such a pleasure working with you. Good luck in all your many pursuits moving forward

It has been such an amazing journey working with you over the past few years. Your commitment, dedication and work ethic has really paid off and your work has grown tremendously. Watching that growth is one of things that makes teaching so rewarding. It was a privilege to work with you.

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