ABOUT LANIA SPROLES
Photography courtesy of Kelly Cassel
LaNia grew up in the segregated city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated with a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
She devotes most of her time conducting research on the philosophies of self perception, queer and feminist theories, and inherent racial dogmas; while also examining the contemporary works’ of Laylah Ali, Kara Walker and poet, Warsan Shire.
The combination of printmaking and drawing inspires her to challenge these concepts and to push beyond the traditional expectations of not only the figure but printmaking itself. Through collage and assemblage she strives to conduct work that pays homage to imagery free from the barriers of social constructs and honest in its vulnerability.
Through collage and assemblage I strive to conduct work that pays homage to imagery free from the barriers of social constructs and honest in the work's vulnerability. The reconfiguration and twistedness of bodily forms in the work embody racial, sexual and inner insecurities. The figures take pride in their dark presence and at times cannot be distinguished for their gender, sexuality, or virtue.
They are alone and lust for a place to call home. A flaunting of relentless otherness, the figures represent my deeply rooted disconnectivity. They display a unique struggle of self understanding. Their identity is depends on what I am feeling or needing to expel emotionally. As a black queer woman I am insecure and overwhelmed with displacement. Displacement encourages relocation and relocation encourages isolation.