Maliya Vaughan Artist Statement

Maliya Vaughan, Xavier University, Neo-Slavery, Glazed stoneware, 2019



This boat represents African-American slavery and its transformation in America. It was inspired by my dad who was sentenced 25 to life after the enactment of the California 3 strikes law. I hope it will inspire others to learn and understand the influence of mass incarceration among African-American communities.




Maliya Vaughan, Xavier University, Hidden Knowledge, Glazed stoneware, 2019

The creation of this lock was inspired by this verse from the Holy Bible,

“Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”

Proverbs 2:3-5 ESV