Molly Jae Vaughan (1977) is an artist and teacher originally from the United Kingdom, currently based in the US. She works in the intersection of art and fashion to create social awareness to all forms of oppression that intersectional identities are subjected to.
Project 42 raises visibility on the violence that transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, particularly trans women of colour, face in contemporary American society. Making garments and designing prints becomes collaborative actions of memorialising
tragic deaths while honouring the many layers of the victim’s life. This becomes visible in the prints created from Google Earth location of the murders, whilst garments celebrate each individual’s life worth. The garments seen here memorialise Gwen Amber Rose Araju, Brenting Dolliole, Tyra Trent and their headdress guardians. With the project, Vaughan aims to transform ways of relating with violence and collective engagement in society.