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My queer art at Café des Arts during Montreal Pride.


Seeking to see: female artists working to reclaim their sexuality


In John Berger’s 1972 book Ways of Seeing, he states that “men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. Thus she turns herself into an object- and most particularly an object of vision: a sight.”

Jean Kilbourne, creator of the Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series, says this idea is reflected in todayís media reality.

“As a result, we get a whole lot of objectification,” she said. “Not only by men but also by women, because we’ve learned to objectify ourselves. So little of (popular culture) has anything to do with a woman’s real sexual experience or real pleasure.”

A community of women artists in Canada have found art helps them regain their power to see and feel their own sexual desires. They do this by exploring the female body in a raw and truthful way, and by challenging societal views of female sexuality.

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The Vagina Project

About Joelle

Joelle Circé was born in Montreal, Canada in 1955. She is a woman with a transsexual history, and back in the early 1980’s, studied drawing and oil painting at a private art school. She recently ( 2011 ) exhibited a painting at the Estrogenius Women’s Art Festival and from that, was introduced to the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho NY and they now have one of her paintings in their permanent collection. Joelle now resides along with her partner in a small town in Ontario where she continues to paint what moves her. To see more of her art please visit, and to reach her directly, email her at .

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Knockout ( Jennifer )

© Circé 

oil on canvas

24in. x 30in.

Biker Butch

Biker Butch

© Circé

oil on canvas

22in. x 30in.


* commissioned by Ms. Desire Delahoz  2012

Lone Wolves and the femme

Lone Wolves and the femme

© Circé 2012

Oil on canvas

20in. x 40in.

High Femme

High Femme

© Circé

oil on canvas

30in. x 48in.

Originally conceived and created as part of a larger Queer Lives series, Ms. Circe offers a sensual and stunning take on not only the visibility of queer women, but also a non-conformist portrayal of an unapologetic sexual woman.  Juxtaposed within the classical portraiture milieu we are dramatically given a moment of relaxed, confident sexuality.  Beautifully captured and portrayed Ms. Circe choses to show a confidence that confronts the viewer and asks that we linger in this captured moment, where queerness and marginalized identity has never been presented in such an archetypal and simply stunning way.  Ms. Circe continues to examine important questions about feminism and female representation in her art, unafraid of the sexual politics that have often been a centric controversial element in deconstructing feminist art practice.  Ms. Circe offers an intriguing and powerful image of female sexuality in her continued exploration of what has historically been the site of women’s oppression. 


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