AWHRHWAR x Universal Facility
Danna Ciaramitaro: Ceramics
Danna Ciaramitaro is a gifted painter and draftsperson who has developed an especially devoted following for her ceramic sculpture. She almost entirely abstains from speaking and is continuously involved in making art. Other than brief descriptive titles, she offers nothing by way of explanation for her artwork. Her most engrossing sculptures candidly depict human figures, often nude, engaged in mundane activities such as staring at a door, crying in the tub or shitting on a baseball cap. In these diminutive works she commands a powerful and unnerving tactlessness combining her beautifully flat and brutally frank observation with economical narratives that are at once gleeful and heart wrenching, wry and crass.
Because of the perceived and intended provocation in the subject matter, many of these ceramics have never been exhibited before. This oversight is primarily attributable to biases inherent to the systems for supporting and exhibiting art production available to many individuals with disabilities. Although a number of the most poetic pieces from this expansive branch of her practice have already found their way into the collections of fans, a representative swath has been assembled here as a first step in bringing this body of work together, cataloging and exhibiting it free of censorship.
This is Universal Facility’s inaugural project. Please visit us at universalfacility.xyz to view a growing archive of Danna's ceramics, purchase her artwork or join our email list.
Danna Ciaramitaro primarily works at Soul Studio, a facilitated art studio for adults with disabilities, in West Bloomfield, MI.
Universal Facility is founded on an ethos of artist-to-artist advocacy and seeks to manifest a thoughtful, mutual and nurturing context for artists who are neurodiverse or intellectually disabled alongside those who are not.
AWHRHWAR is an artist-run gallery dedicated to artist-to-artist advocacy. Founded 2017 in Los Angeles currently exists on a project-to-project basis wherever necessary.
Untitled (Crying in The Bath), c. 2020
Untitled (Nude Without Genitals), c.2020
Untitled (White Car With Red), c.2020
Untitled (Possibly a Valkyrie Holding Their Penis as if Peeing), c.2020
Untitled (Figure Pushing a Shopping Cart), c.2020
Untitled (Standing Red Figure, Sad), c. 2020
Untitled (Seated Figure With Baggage), c.2020
Untitled (Slot Machines), c.2020