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Friday, December 18, 2020

Joelle Circé Laramée

Breaking Free: 45 Years In The Wrong Body author Joelle Circé Laramée launches her book.

Circé ( pronounced (seer-say ), this is how she prefers to be addressed regarding her art. She is a queer feminist, as well as a very atheist woman of transsexual origin. Circé is from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her art is informed, guided by her life experiences. Certainly, what comes across most is her feminism, her woman’s view, and her love of all things woman. Circé studied at a private Art School in Montreal for a few years, but otherwise self-taught. She brings her unique view of the world to her art. For her, creating erotic, queer, or feminist pieces have one thing in common — they express her admiration and love for women in general. Her art represents women in very vulnerable states, as well as at their most powerful, revealing the many places that women may find themselves at various times in their lives. She was inspired to create a series of vulvic paintings immediately following her transition. She found herself looking at the world around her, from a uniquely changed position. She realized there wasn’t much representation of vulvas in current works of art. Through her work, Circé celebrates her sisters and denounces abuse and violence committed toward women. She set out to show that women’s bodies are a celebration of strength, power, and beauty, while also revealing their soft vulnerability — powerful in itself. Today, she lives a calm and quiet life along with her Butch wife and five cats in Sainte-Béatrix, Quebec, Canada. After a lifetime of coming to terms with her birth in the wrong body, she has found the place that feels right, both as a woman and as an artist. Circé’s art has been showcased in the Feminist Art Conference in Toronto, Canada, The Femail Project in Birmingham, U.K., at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho, New York, and many other venues.

In her book, Joelle gives us a compelling account of what it’s like to confront transphobia in its many guises. “Breaking Free: 45 Years In The Wrong Body” is an important read for those seeking to understand the very real struggles of transgender people, particularly women, in our society. 

Joelle Circé Laramée’s memoirs book can be found and purchased on all  Amazon platforms and is available in ebook and paperback available anywhere that books are sold. In her book, she pours her heart out, weaving the tale of how her whole life was tainted by the fact that she had been born in the wrong body, and how she had to navigate family, friends, and life in general. She has never shared her complete story, from her point of view, of those first forty-five years, with anyone until now.

Author Joelle Circé Laramée shares “ If my story can help alleviate even a small amount of stress and anxiety for someone who is presently going through a similar ordeal then I will have succeeded in truly being relevant and maybe someone will read the book and not feel so terribly alone. “ 

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