TransOntario is in part a collection of Pin Up and Graphicy Novely Portraiture focusing exclusively on Transwomen Across Ontario, One part Artist Sybil Lamb‘s magical realism take on SOUTH ONTARIO. Born in Ottawa, Lamb traces her own TRANSPOSITION from an encounter with 1980s Ottawa Diner based Street Walkers in her childhood through the notoriously Mythical TORONTO TRANS UNDERGROUND to her current home and studio in SANDWICH TOWNE // WINDSOR ESXX. Along the way the captures a wildly diverse cast of characters, with every kind of unique beauty and captivating mind and a few up and comers and a couple established Celebutantes too! Each model/Subject is reposed in a representative slice of their own particular corner of Ontario. Each piece is obsessed with describing these subjects as hard as she can, every safety pin and garden shed and air conditioner has been included in high contrast, Cities rebuilt from favourite familiar buildings obscurities and shops. Each portrait is also a landscape. Each picture is a character study and a record of a time and place. This project will forever be an important record of when the trans tipping point hit ontario in the early 21st century.
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OTTAWA TO WINDSOR 2018 — LINK ME!
In winter 2017-18 Sybil traveled from Ottawa to windsor to meet with all the Subjects, hang out and trade stories, do sketches and hang out in diners. pix and comix here.
PHASE 1 // TRON SKETCHBOOK
These images are drawn pen and ink in sized between 9×11 and 18×24
Color images are multimedia ink paint, photoshopping drawings , drawing on prints, over and over until you drop. These sketches will be used to creat large paintings.
PHASE 2 // LARGE FORMAT INK ACRYLIC OIL PAINTINGS
A series of big wall size matress sized paintings, producd in HOUSE OF LAMB studio // SANDWICH TOWNE feb-may 2018
PHASE 3 // THE TRANS ONTARIO TRANSONTARIO ART SHOW
DATES AND lOCATIONS tba
SHOW TRON IN YOUR TOWN email me email@example.com
PHASE 4 // TRANS NORTH AMERICAN TRANS TRON
2019 ~ Center for Sex and Culture san Francisco
other cities and dates TBA
HANG ON A MINNIT i got a lot on my plate here !
Transexuals; What are they?
Kind of like cats but higher maintenance. They occur randomly in all corners of society, especial canadian south ontario society, which is like 40% of canada, mostly living on the great lakes next to buffalo. 40% of canada is 2 or 3 hours from buffalo.
Isnt it mind blowing crazy the thought of How there are so many Transexuals Suddenly? People want to be respectful but you cant not have questions about having your genitals chopped up and sewn back together how do they even do that? This is such a departure from the natural mother nature world isnt it?
Oh no, they have science for that now… Its more like you go to a resort where its like the most surreal pj-party with rich girls next to not rich girls who got the money somehow anyways and everyone is covered in bandages. that and about 10% of tgirls, especially the deca trans and double deca tranz, have learned diy surgery. I’d be remiss If I didnt mention the AUX NATURELLE types but regardless you have no be really cool and smart and strong to be in our cool cult.
I don’t get how someone just wakes up and decides they are a woman without having ever been pregnant or genitals ? How does Transexuals happen?
This question puts me in the uncomfortable role of teaching trans 101. and I’m going to buck the role right off the bat; NO ONE HAS EVER HAD A SATISFACTORY SUCCINCT LOGICAL EXPLANATION FOR TRANS that does not also require ask for the questioner to rethink a lot of what they take for granted about how society works at the molecular level. The short pragmatic version I will tell you is its cuz technology to redesign our own bodies is a relatively new medical tool that is increasing in options exponentially every year. we are at the dawn of POST HUMANISM and im so not explaining that… I am most interested in documenting this time we are in now as the pioneers on the frontier of body technology. which cant not have plenty to do with sexuality and gender presentation. MY second biggest fascination here is that in this time we’re in right now, at the dawn of posthumans, me and my sisters have specialised in experimental data on our introduction in different ratios into a wide sampling of society, survey public opinion and effectiveness, successfully propagate our selves by setting up an extensive underground communication network whose password is having been transitioned, and now we have a goddesses on earth cult that is too big to stop or control. I feel the most important thing contemporary trans have given the world besides laid the foundations for aesthetic cyborgs, is that we have attempted and described an encyclopaedia of ways to destroy and rebuild the self, to design ones own personality and character and, pardon my harsh language; to “fake* it til it is real.” cuz that’s really a thing and its really works. I dont think we need to argue about what REAL really means.
*i forget if this is a show biz mantra, or an alcoholics anonymous quote
Did you really just say that Transexuality is teetering on the brink of obselecence and that in 20 years we will be supplanted by a bunch of perpetually fluid shape shifting computer people?
I didnt say that, the sons and daughters of the Great 100 year transssexual social-medical-psychological experiment of 1929 – 2029 which as a side effect of sterilising hundreds of thousands at a time when population expansion has broken the enviroment, and then birthed the foundation for the rise of the post humans and machines choosing to join human society.
I TOLD YOU NOT TO MAKE ME TEACH YOU TRANS 101 !
You say sons and Daughters but you only did portraits of TransSFemmes (and Trans Futches)
Yes that was cuz originally in my head I was thinking of a pin up callender with Miss KennsingtonMarket and Miss Dundurn Feed Store and Miss Ottawa bus depot. In pennance I vow to do a similar style paining of a woodsy atlantic canadian trans guy with a truck and a barn and a beard and a chiuaua. but it will like… not exactly in this series but he’s like a spin off episode.
CLICK THESE LINKS HERE FOR TRANS 101, 201,
I dont know what to put here, I’m gonna go ask my clever friends and get back to you in a bit. :O
What is Sybil Lamb ?
I am the number one trans Illustrator in the world, ever. Part of how I achieved this is cuz trans people occur somewhere between 1:1200 to 1:500. In really big cities like toronto where the MOUSE UTOPIA PROJECT has happened at a human scale, the trans prevalence in (parkdale)society is about 1:50. In most towns under 400,000 pop all the trans are either real femme or really butch or both mixed together at once. this is cuz strategies in the whole thing of trans and presentation and there are 3 qualities of the self that define the self. the self you wish you where, the self you worry you are, and the self you think people think you are. OH WAIT, i mean the self you want to be seen as, the self you are projecting, flagging, and performing right now, and your experience of interpreting reaction to your character by reading other human people, trans or untrans or even digital. I’ve been around for decades doing are from new orleans to san fran ottawa to montreal. I’m focusing my xploring appetite whetted by the whole of north america, upon my home province of ontario, born in ottawa , now home and studio in windsor, I am here with me extensive knowledge and authority in THE NORTH AMERICAN TRANS UNDERGROUND NETWORK TO HAVE SUPER SPECIALISED ACCESS TO THE INNER MOST SECRET THOTS of my rare bird hunting secret tgals hidden in plainsight all along the 401. I also write books and do weird puppet show punk rock band stuff. sometimes comix!
click these linx
Whats it like being abducted by transexual cult ?
Mellows diner story
House of Sin story
i am tranny punk.
read my book.
So transontario is very much a project to travel the world that surrounds you meeting other version of yourself, or peers I mean, and this journey from ottawa to Windsor is a fun house mirror version of your own gender journey and transition ?
TRON traces my own TRANSPOSITION from an encounter with 1982 Ottawa Diner based Sexy Lady Gang through the notoriously Mythical TORONTO TRANS UNDERGROUND to her current home and studio in SANDWICH TOWNE // WINDSOR ESXeX. Along the way I get a chance to capture the souls of a wildly diverse cast of characters, with every kind of unique beauty and captivating mind and a few up and comers and a couple established Celebutantes like JelenaVermillion and AlaskaB.
Is it even ok to say “TGIRL“?
it’s sort of ok for a cis person to call us tgirls but only after establishing a friendly rapport. its short for transgirls. when in doubt just say trans. I absolutely have no interest in talking about riddles and etheric concepts and philosophical debate of what is a “real woman” or who gets discrimination protection in what circumstances. The common thread with all models of transontario is that they all identify and live as women 100% of the time, whatever that means to put them in their communities. the moral of this story is don’t worry to much about trans theory discourse except to prepare for it being eclipsed by trans humanism in the coming decade. sometimes you might here tranz casually throwing slurs around at each other. DO NOT GET INVOLVED. just smile bashfully and look at your shoes.
Why is everybuddy 300 feet tall ? Is that a crack about my big shoes?
No, no sweetie, no ! Its cuz In society being noticed tran means all kinds of problems with getting jobs or having people stare at you in disbelief or condescend all the time or try to fight you all the damn time and what if you where 300 feet tall ? Sick of waiting for off schedule busses ? If you were 300 feet tall you could crunch busses up and throw them ! What if your bathroom was your entire home towns downtown ! Its not just cuz trans women are like the marvel x-mutants or steven universe gems, but what of the idea of the self in the eye of memory and we are god(esses) in our own memory of places we have called home, flying from timeSPAN to timeSCAPE, our powers are only limited by the intimacy of our memory. also ITS A PORTRAIT TRANSITIONING IN TO A LANDSCAPE ! ha ha !! zing !!!
So is that like a cyber post people thing; ATTACK OF GIANT WOMEN !!?
These PortraitLandscapes are NOT TO SCALE
Also my approach to drawing several square blocks of town is to currate the neigbourhood. This is not a joke about evolving neighbourhoods for better and or worse; I am talking about Transwomen definining their neighbourhood they live in and also its that whole 3rd year art school intersection of memory and places and spaces type thing. (these are “highly accurate pictures” of “my memory”)
This Project is possible thanks to a
2017 Creation Development Grant
THE ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL