Strange Sisters

Lisa Kijak
Los Angeles, CA

12" x 19"

Cotton, silk, velvet, tweed, wood, wire, sticks, stones. Text from Journey to a Woman by Ann Bannon.

Odd. Strange. Troubled. Twisted. Nowhere were those words more readily used than on the covers of the lesbian pulp fiction novels of the 1950's. The titles suggested that the provocatively dressed women on the covers were social outcasts, beyond reprieve. And while many of these novels ultimately ended with
the girl getting married, committing suicide, or otherwise rejecting the lesbian "lifestyle", these books impacted an audience that had previously been isolated and ignored.
Thanks to the important writings of Ann Bannon, Vin Packer, and Patricia Highsmith, women from all over recognized themselves in print for the first time and realized that they were not alone in their thoughts and feelings.
Their characters were brave, passionate, smart, honest, and true...and not the least bit strange after all.

Strange Sisters