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PKN BTV, Vol. 14: Toni Lee Sangastiano

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Toni Lee Sangastiano is a painter based out of Burlington, Vermont. From the artist's website:

"Artist Statement

I have always been drawn to outsiders and oddities as far back as I could remember. In my own life, I often remembered feeling like an outsider too. Difference sparked my curiosity and eventually led me to my interest in sideshows and subcultures. The sideshow itself can be a metaphor for life representing the contradictions in our society, simultaneously inciting our voyeuristic desires and providing a lens for us to question our constructed realities created by society and the dualities between illusion versus reality and the beautiful versus the grotesque. I use technology and digital media, drawing and painting to create my work. I am deeply attracted to the ostentatious colors, lighting, patterns and fantastical performances that I see both on and off the stage. As I document the people, places and collected objects, I capture the nostalgia of Americana and the interpretation of sideshow by a new generation of performers. Through my art I provide an alternate lens to view the "other" and in the garish grit and grime, I find the sublime."