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The Sewing Circle

sculpture, racism, figure, BLM
The Sewing Circle is a sculpture that I have based on my research of the women involved in the KKK organization. This is a self reflective exploration of the history of how women were engaged and involved in the rise and growth of the racism in the United States.

1. Animalia Gender Variance

Figure, sculpture, transgender, gender,
Animalia Gender Variance is an ongoing project exploring the gender spectrum and the natural body with the addition of fantastical head pieces. The head pieces help draw the attention of the viewer in without being self conscious of viewing the raw naked bodies, some transgender. There are 10 figures in this project so far and I'm hoping to add another 10 sculptures using models that are male born or male identified.

The Three Stages of Kristen to Kris

Transgender, life casting, sculpture, figurative, queer art,
The three stages of Kristen to Kris. This is a direct body casting of an individual going through the transition of female born to male presenting. The first casting was done in the studio the day that they began hormone therapy. The second casting was done after being on testosterone for one year. The third and and final casting was done three months after top surgery.

Skirts of Change

transgender, queer art. figurative, figure, painting, collage. oil painting
Skirts of Change is a tryptic exploring body modification in the transgender community. Plastic surgery, body modification and hormone therapy are all very accessible to those who can afford it which creates a whole new area of entitlement. I would like to open the dialogue of how our politicians can effect this freedom of choice by eliminating access to healthcare.

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About Lania

Lania D’Agostino is an avid (some would say obsessed) maker of things. Some of these creations begin with direction from an emotionally charged connection to a social issue and others are creations that evolve from a direct flow from her inner spiritual self. This intuitional direction shows mostly in her drawings and paintings as she creates figurative works of child like images with jackrabbits, toys and large eyed children. These all seem to have an underlying feeling of an emotionally charged... more

The Sewing Circle

The Sewing Circle is a part of a series of work based on the exploration of the woman's role in the KKK organization. I started with the idea that most likely the women were sewing the hoods and gowns for the men of the KKK and was curious as to what extent their involvement was in this organization. In my research I have found that the women were extremely involved in all aspects of this racist organization and perpetuated its growth in membership and involvement in politics. I have several sculptures in process for this series that focus on the history of the caucasian woman and racism.

  • The Sewing Circle

    sculpture, racism, political art, mixed media, figurative, contemporary
    The Sewing Circle sculpture context is based in the caucasian woman's involvement in historical racism. The figures are cast in resin to represent the "model" housewife and the clothing is based on the traditional robes and hoods of the KKK. The base is an antique base of a sewing machine. I imaging the women of the 1820's and beyond sitting around sewing while organizing their racist agenda.

Exploring Gender Fluidness

The Fluidness of Gender Identity and Our Body Image. I have been exploring gender fluidness in myself and my community to try and open the dialogue of what gender means to me. I feel that we are all fluid in the fact the some times we may feel masculine" while at another moment "feminine" and so how does this relate to gender. In the paintings that I am presenting in this section I am exploring gender through our human form and through a whimsical for of the Rabbit. As we look at the Rabbit paintings can we decipher if they are masculine or feminine. In another sense if we change the outward appearance of a person does that change the person or just our perception of that person's gender. If we take away the normative of the female vs male images we will need to decide for ourselves what is it that presents to us as feminine or masculine and why.

  • Skirts of Desire

    Transgender Series, collage, acrylic, charcoal and oil paint on paper mounted on door panels 66" X 90" X 2" In our world today we can physically change our bodies to meet our psychological needs. For most people this is financially impossible so the change is made using clothing and mannerisms.
  • Jack Rabbit Coupling, 2012

    oil, charcoal, enamel on paper mounted on door panel, 2012 80" X 60"X 2" I'm using the "Jack Rabbit" as a gender complex to express self as an emotional being in transition in the universe.
  • Patterns of Change 1,2,3

    Transgender Series, collage, acrylic, charcoal and oil paint on paper mounted on door panels 80" X 90" X 2" In our world today we can physically change our bodies to meet our psychological needs. For most people this is financially impossible so the change is made using clothing and mannerisms.
  • Jack Rabbit, Blue Period

    oil and charcoal on paper mounted on wood panel, 2012 45" X 60"X 2" I'm using the "Jack Rabbit" as a gender complex to express self as an emotional being in transition in the universe.
  • Patterns of Change 9

    Transgender Series 2010, collage, acrylic, charcoal and oil paint on paper mounted on door panels 80" X 30" X 2" In our world today we can physically change our bodies to meet our psychological needs. For most people this is financially impossible so the change is made using clothing and mannerisms.
  • Self Portrait as a Jack Rabbit, 2012

    oil, charcoal, enamel on paper mounted on door panel, 2012 80" X 30"X 2" I'm using the "Jack Rabbit" as a gender complex to express self as an emotional being in transition in the universe.

#HOMELESS

Resin coated, costumed life cast figures of Baltimore homeless youth. Oil, enamel, metal, rope and wood

  • #Homeless

    Life casting of homeless youth in Baltimore City, clothed & resin infused, finished in oil, enamel and oil pastel
  • #Homeless

    Life casting of homeless youth in Baltimore City, clothed & resin infused, finished in oil, enamel and oil pastel
  • #Homeless

    Life casting of homeless youth in Baltimore City, clothed & resin infused, finished in oil, enamel and oil pastel
  • #Homeless

    Life casting of homeless youth in Baltimore City, clothed & resin infused, finished in oil, enamel and oil pastel
  • #Homeless

    Life casting of homeless youth in Baltimore City, clothed & resin infused, finished in oil, enamel and oil pastel
  • #Homeless

    Life casting of homeless youth in Baltimore City, clothed & resin infused, finished in oil, enamel and oil pastel
  • #Homeless

    Life casting of homeless youth in Baltimore City, clothed & resin infused, finished in oil, enamel and oil pastel

The Invisibility of Racism is Visible

The Invisibility of Racism is Visible series is a self exploration on how I would like to believe I am not racist while at the same time I realize I have been born caucasian so I must look at the reality of privilege and entitlement. These drawings show the garments of the American racism that we wear even when we don't realize it.

Paintings

Many of my paintings they are created by a direct intuitional flow. These are part of that ongoing process of self reflection.

Winter moom

The drawings here represent the season of the year for digging deep within the soul. This is my time for reflection and growth.
Charcoal and ink on panted wood panels.

Lania's Curated Collection

This artist has not yet created a curated collection.