The Pulp Fiction Lesbian, 2019

Oil on canvas, 40" x 25”

Louis Fermor

Louis Fermor (they/them) is an emerging artist and writer of English-Scottish descent residing in Mohkinstsis (Calgary), on Treaty 7 Territory. They have provided art work and writing for venues and publications in Calgary, Toronto, and New York. In 2018, they were a resident with the New York University Summer Studio Program and a finalist for the 20th Annual RBC Painting Competition. In 2019, they participated in the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation Residency at cSPACE King Edward and Montreal’s inaugural Momus Emerging Critics Residency. They were one of the runners-up for the 2020 Canadian Art Writing Prize.

The Pulp Fiction Lesbian is self-portrait response to research that I’ve done into the the pulp fiction lesbian character and the historic visual depictions of lesbians created during what is now known as the golden era of lesbian publishing, from the 1940s to 1970s in North America. Titles such as Strange Sisters (1954), My Mother is a Lesbian (1969), The Third Sex (1959), and Twisted Path (1963) were cheap paperback books produced primarily for consumption by heterosexual, cis-gendered men. But because of the lack of literature available for queer people at the time, they were also one of the only sources of identity-making for lesbian-identified people to look to.”