CAAF Residency @cSPACE, July – August 2019
Suite #435 – 1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 6T7
During their residency, Louie Fermor worked on the series, Other Tales of Loneliness. During Louie’s youth, queerness designated them to an alienated experience. Lacking a role model in their family or in their conservative upbringing in Alberta, Louie was forced to find their own identity by projecting fantasies of queerness onto images and characters that they came across.
For Other Tales of Loneliness Louie painted themself outfitted as some of these archetypes—the characters of the Sailor, the Leather Man, the Author Androgyne, and the Pulp Fiction Lesbian. Rather than solely a presentation of a queer body for the audience’s dialogue, these paintings are a documentation of processes of identity-making that a queer person goes through, and the tools of investigation they use to create an autobiographical lineage that they can be stripped of before coming out.
Louie graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction, from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2016 and in 2018 was a finalist for the 20th Annual RBC Painting Competition.
We acknowledge the generous support of Calgary Arts Development, and the Province of Alberta through Alberta Foundation for the Arts.