Among the many faces to close in the year at this Junes graduation is artist and Senior Lexie Vaughn.
Vaughns interest in art spans decades, having had a fondness for the discipline since childhood where she would frequent the halls of galleries and museums with family. “I have always loved art, I used to go to the DIA with my parents where I would draw the drawings and paintings I saw there.”
Naturally, in her schooling, Vaughn was drawn to the art programs, noting that, “My most memorable moments are being in my AP art class .” From intro to advanced to AP, Vaughn’s done it all, “I have been in advanced art since my sophomore year and am now in AP, and took a class at the College for Creative Studies and General Motors.” Crediting the courses for both improving her work in art as well as outside it, “being in the class (AP art), with wonderful people that have the same passion and drive as me. We take challenges as they come, and we’re like a family in some ways. The class has improved my art skills, time management, and priorities.” It’s then without question that Vaughn says, “Those programs have made me a much better artist.” “Art can be extremely difficult and frustrating at times, but it all pays off in the end.”
In her own art, Vaughn means to express viewpoints she holds regarding religion having been surrounded by it growing up, “I grew up in a very religious family. My mom works at a church. I got to see religion head on and how corrupt most of it was.” “ When I did pieces on religion, I was not looking to offend anyone who is, but I wanted to show that some aspects of every religion can be corrupt.” Among those is “Cut Ties” a work in graphite depicting the cutting of a tie reading “family, friends, morals”; the church of scientology is seen in the background. As explained by Vaughn, the intent of the work is to illustrate the lengths to which certain religions drive people, “It represents how scientology very literally makes you cut ties with your family. if they are not scientologists. It’s wrong.”
Looking back, Vaughn’s one to recognize the many who influenced her while at Lake Shore. Namely art teacher, Holly LoGrasso, with whom she spent a whole of four years. “I’ve had Mrs. Lograsso almost every trimester since my freshman year, I’ll miss my AP art class, everyone in that class has developed a bond, we can all talk to each other,” “I’m honored to have had those wonderful people in my high school life.”
Moving forward, Vaughn intends to continue her creative pursuits. Having been admitted to the College For Creative Studies (CCS), she looks towards a major in transportation design, and clay sculpting specifically as something to allow such. “I could never stop making art, it’s a passion of mine that I want to pursue for the rest of my life.”