Lucky Little Queer is a bisexual, non-binary feminist artist named KJ Forman. They create visual art speaking to their LGBTQ experience that has a feminist and sex-positive focus. Lucky Little Queer’s goal is to create positive, affirmative pieces that can be used as a tool to connect and bond with other marginalized people in a way that celebrates lived experience and resilience.
KJ has been passionate about art since they were very young. As a survivor of child sexual abuse living with depression, anxiety and PTSD, KJ found that art has always been their coping mechanism, their means of survival, and their way of healing. Many of their early works fixate on their trauma and pain, but KJ’s work has since transformed into a continuing story of strength, hope and growth. Their current focus is on reclamation of their queer and trans identity as well as sexual expression. KJ works mainly with pen and ink and acrylic paint. They find themselves drawn to floral design, portraiture and bright colour.
KJ has displayed their work at many events around Ottawa, including the Feminist Fair, the Ottawa Dyke March and is a featured artist in RAW Natural Born Artists, an international independent arts organization made up of creative individuals around the globe. They also participated in the first ever UPROAR Arts Festival by speaking as a panelist, displaying their work, and creating a painting in front of a live audience. KJ’s work is also heavily tied to activism; they have been commissioned to create pieces to promote initiatives such as Carleton University’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week. KJ has also organized several city-wide events including Slut Walk in 2016 and Keep Abortion Safe and Legal in 2018, an initiative aimed to end the annual anti-choice “March for Life”.
KJ has a Bachelor of Social Work degree with minors in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies from Carleton University. They plan to incorporate the skills they have learned through academia to help encourage healing in others through the arts. KJ has facilitated self-care and arts workshops at Youth Services Bureau and the Carleton University Womxn’s Centre. They plan to continue working in this field hoping to support others in their journey towards self-love and healing.