After sixty cosmetic surgeries and procedures, Canada’s most celebrated transsexual, Nina Arsenault, considers herself a queer artist as well as a queer art object.
Arsenault’s physical transformation, her work and her personal life have been the subject of numerous mainstream television shows, radio programs and internet and print articles. She has regained control of her image and story as a critically acclaimed writer and performance artist who uses autobiographical material to create challenging works of live theatre and video. After an initial sold out run, Arsenault’s play The Silicone Diaries was remounted in November 2010 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto. The play will also be published by Borealis Press this year.
Nina is a frequent academic lecturer at Canadian universities in sociology, sexuality studies, fashion communications and theatre departments where her writing, performances and images are studied course texts.