Texts by Dempsey and Millan

Bedtime Stories for the Edge of the World
. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2012.

Winnipeg Tarot Co. Tarot Deck. Winnipeg: Finger in the Dyke Productions, 2010.

Lesbian National Parks and Services Field Guide to North America: Flora, Fauna & Survival Skills. Toronto: Pedlar Press, 2002.

Handbook of the Junior Lesbian Ranger. Winnipeg: Finger in the Dyke Productions, 2001.

In the LIFE: Portrait of a Modern Sex-Deviant. Winnipeg: Finger in the Dyke Productions, 1995.

Mary Medusa: A Testimonial. Winnipeg: Finger in the Dyke Productions, 1992.

Texts about Dempsey and Millan (selected)

Abramson, Stacey. “A Thoughtful Revolution.” Uptown 26 July 2007: 17.

Allen, Jan. “The Female Imaginary.” Matriart: A Canadian Feminist Art Journal 5.4 (1995): 26-33.

“The Art of Free Ranging.” Border Crossings 21.4 (2002): 16-17.

Baert, Renee. “Three Dresses, Tailored to the Times.” Material Matters: The Art and Culture of Contemporary Textiles. Eds. Ingrid Bachman and Ruth Schering. Toronto: YYZ Books, 1998. 75-91.

Bell, Lynne and Janice Williamson. “Public Warning! Sexing Public Spheres: A Conversation with Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan.” Tessera 25 (1998/1999): 57-77.

Bennett, Susan. “Radical (Self-)Direction and the Body: Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan’s Performance Art.” Canadian Theatre Review 76 (1993): 37-41.

Bernstein, Tamara. “Amongst the Greek Artifacts, Lesbian Rangers: Crusading Winnipeg Duo Bring Voices to New ROM Series.” National Post 6 November 2003: AL8.

Black, Anthea. “Scentbar: Fragrances for Troubled Times.” ArtCentral (Exhibition Essay). Calgary, Alberta: Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival, 2007. 

Borsa, Joan. “Rebels with a Cause: Parodies and Pleasures of our Own Disguises.” N. Paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal 23 (2009): 20-28.

Burges, Szu. “What a Lesbian Looks Like: Pre-formance: New & Recent Work by Lorri Millan and Shawna Dempsey.” Swerve: Winnipeg’s Lesbian and Gay Rag December 1994: 9.

Catchlove, Lucinda. “Party Art: Chicks Rock the Performance Art World.” Hour (1996): 10.

Cleverly, Fred. “So This is How the Taxpayers’ Money is Spent.” The Winnipeg Free Press 9 November 1989: 7 

Cohn, Ellen. “We’re Talking Vulva.” The Village Voice 23 July 1991: n.p.

Collins, Cathy. “Drag City: A Queer Adventure in Cross-Dressing.” aceartinc Critical Distance 2.1 (1996): n.p.

Cooley, Miriam. “Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan: Teaching Performance.” The Canadian Art Teacher 5.2 (2006): 20-21.

Domet, Stephanie. “Homos on the Range.” Herizons 17.2 (2003): 26-29.

Enright, Robert. “Brave New Girls: Moments of Beauty and Rage. The Art of Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan.” Border Crossings: A Magazine of the Arts 66(1998):16-27.

“Lorri Millan & Shawna Dempsey - ‘Bellies’.” The Uniter: The L.G.B. Issue 10 February 1993: Cover.

Everett-Green, Robert. “We’re Not Talking Volvo.” The Globe and Mail 21 October 1997: A14.

Fan, Sheila. “Gender Discomforts.” Seattle Weekly 31 July 1996: 35.

Ferguson, Mary. “Who was that Lone Ranger and Better Yet, Who was his Faithful Sidekick, his Mascot, his Special Friend.” Response to “The Lesbian Love Story of the Lone Ranger and Tonto.” Winnipeg: 1999.

Fisher, Jennifer. “Out and About: The Performance Art of Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan.” Environmental and Site-Specific Theatre. Ed. Andrew Houston. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2007. 122-129.

---. “Profile: Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan.” Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women. Eds. Tanya Mars and Johanna Householder. Toronto: YYZ Books, 2004.

Fisher, Jennifer, and Jim Drobnick. “Nightsense: Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, Wild Ride (2009).” Public 45 (2012): 44-45.

Francis, Margot. Creative Subversions: Whiteness, Indigeneity, and the National Imaginary. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2011. 189-197.

---. “The Lesbian National Parks and Services: Reading Sex, Race and the Nation in Artistic Performance.” Canadian Woman Studies 20.2 (2000): 131-136.

Gardner, Sally. “In the LIFE: Portrait of a Modern Sex-Deviant.” JAB: Journal of Artists’ Books 7 (1997): 22-23.

Gmeiro, Octavio. “Testamento de Mary Medusa.” Lisbon Publico 23 November 1996: 28.

Godfrey, Stephen. “A Ride on a Feminist Rollercoaster.” The Globe and Mail 15 June 1990: R1, R5.

Greenhill, Pauline. “Lesbian Mess(ages): Decoding Shawna Dempsey’s Cake Squish at the Festival du Voyeur.” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal (1998): 91-99.

Grubivic, Brett Josef. “’Clever Parody Celebrates the Bull-Dyke: Winnipeg Artists’, In the LIFE a Lesson in Cultural Revisionism.” Xtra! West 5 October 1995: 27.

Hackett, Sofie. “Queer Looking.” Aperture: Queerlove 218 (2015): 40-45.

Hall, Lynda. “Bodies in Sight: Shawna Dempsey (Re)Configures Desire.” Canadian Theatre Review 92 (1997): 10-16.

---. “My Story is Written on My Flesh: Dempsey and Mary Medusa Act Out.” Tessera 21 (1996): 72-77.

Heald, Susan. “Sex and Pleasure, Art and Politics, and Trying to Get Some Rest: An Interview with Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan. Performance Artists.” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal 23.1 (1998): 80-90.

Holmes, Doug. “The Consideration Liberation Army.” G. Love. 1.2 (2007): 52-55.

Horne, Stephen. “CounterPoses: Re-Concevoir le Tableau Vivant.” Fuse Magazine 21.4 (1998): 61-63.

Johnson, Jill. “Re-Orienting Park Visitors.” The Uniter 29 September 2005: n.p.

King, Randall. “Dempsey’s Just Desserts: Performance Artist Has Her Cake and Squishes It Too.” The Winnipeg Sun 12 February 1993: 31.

Lamoureaux, Johanne. “Reviving the Dead.” PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 3 (2000): 66-71.

Lawlor, Alice. “Marvelous Misfits.” In Toronto: Gay and Lesbian City Living (December 2012): 27.

Ledger, Brent. “What a Lesbian Looks Like.” Xtra! 5 August 1994: 31.

Lee, Cheyenne. “Homemaker is All Screwed Up: Formica Fashion is De Rigeur for Domestic Goddess.” Xtra! 17 March 1995: 30.

Levi. “No Feminist Sex, Please: Two Performance Artists Find Out What You Can’t Do on Television.” This Magazine (1993): 5.

---. “Profile: Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan” Fuse Magazine XVII.1 (1993): 43-44.

Licata, Elizabeth. “Dempsey and Millan: They’re Talking Patriarchy.” Art Voice 11-17 March 1998: 13.

Lypchuk, Donna. “Necrofile: My Vagina Won’t Shut Up.” Eye 21 December 2000: 8.

Madill Jordan, Heather.“Women’s Work: Artists Use Performance Video to Explore Feminism.” Uptown 4 October 2001: 9.

Markotic, Nicole. “Freaks and Other Exclamation Marks: Misfits and Other Citizens of Manitoba.” Prairie Fire 20.2 (1999): 176-183.

Martin, Annie. “Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan.” Parachute 75 (1994): 43.

McFadden, Kegan. “Scentbar: Fragrances for Troubled Times, A New Performance/Installation by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan.” Plug In Curator Guide. Winnipeg, MB: Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, 2005.

Mian, Noreen. “A Conversation with a Feminist Superhero.” Outwords 166 (2009): 24-25.

Morgan, Rachel. “The Lesbian Rangers Head Back to School: Part Performance Art, Part Outreach, Millan and Dempsey Draw Attention to Diversity at the University of Winnipeg.” Swerve: Winnipeg’s Monthly Queer Newsmagazine October 2005: 13.

Muldrew, Fiona. “Medusa and Mermaid as Mentor: Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan.” Action Newsletter for The Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women 20.1 (1993): 10-11.

New, Charlene. “Dempsey and Millan Imitate Life.” Swerve: Winnipeg’s Monthly Queer Newsmagazine September 1995: 8.

O’Brian, John, and Peter White, eds. “Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan: Lesbian National Parks and Services, 1997 to the Present.” Beyond Wilderness: The Group of Seven, Canadian Identity, and Contemporary Art. Eds. John O’Brian and Peter White. Montréal, QC: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007. 324-6.

Olson, Christopher. “Grocery Store.” Border Crossings: A Magazine of the Arts 84 (2002): 65-66.

Parks, Ranger Joy. “Review: Lesbian National Parks and Services Field Guide to North America: Flora, Fauna, and Survival Skills.” Herizons 16.4 (2003): 37-38.

Pauch-Nolin, Kristen. “Scents of Style: Artists Attack Consumerism through Fragrances.” Uptown 14 July 2005: 20.

Peterson, Hope. “A Day in the LIFE of a Bull-Dyke.” Swerve: Winnipeg’s Lesbian and Gay Rag September 1995: 9.

Prokosh, Kevin. “Let’s Play Dress Up: Artists Depict Female Symbol.” The Winnipeg Free Press 24 November 1995: C4.

Putman, Wendy. “More than Just a Talking Vulva: Object/Subject of Desire.” Angles: The Magazine of Vancouver’s Bisexual, Lesbian and Gay Communities (May 1993): 30.

Roger, Margerit. “Millan and Dempsey Speak Out.” Swerve: Winnipeg’s Monthly Queer Newsmagazine February 2005: 23.

Rondeau, Brigitte F. M. “We’re Not Just Talking Vulva! An Interview with Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan.” Cameo 4 (1994): 52-55.

“Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan.” The Argosy 7 November 1996: 23-25.

Shedden, James. “Interview: Shauna!” The Gaezette 7-9 October 1994: 2-3.

Smith, Jane Orion. “Feminist Lesbian Aesthetics.” Canadian Theatre Review (Spring 1992): 23-26.

Swan, Sarah. “Good Performance Art Makes Audience Nervous.” The Winnipeg Free Press 29 July 2014: C3.

“That’s Outrageous!” Reader’s Digest (December 2001): 73-74.

Touchette, Jacqui. “We’re Talking Shawna.” The Uniter: Queer Issue 1992: 6-7.

Townshend, Nancy. “Insert 48: Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan.” Art Inspired by the Canadian Rockies, Purcell Mountains and Selkirk Mountains 1809-2012. Ed. Meaghan Craven. Calgary, AB: Bayeux Arts, Inc., 2012.

Tschuncky, Janine. “We’re Talking Vulva.” In Version (Summer 1990): 6.

Walker, Rachel Loewen. “Becoming Queer: Performance Art and Constructions of Identity.” Gnosis: Journal of Philosphy 9.3 (2008): Online. <>.

Walker, Morley. “Art Imitates Life in Grocery Store: Artists Sell Food to Push Case for Exchange Development.” The Winnipeg Free Press 24 August 2002: C4.

---. “Gay City ads Mock Winnipeg Slogan.” The Winnipeg Free Press 1 October 1997: C4.

---. “Local Pair in U.S. Funding Flap.” The Winnipeg Free Press 6 June 1997: D1.

---. “One Gay City Put Off.” The Winnipeg Free Press 4 October 1997: D8.

Waugh, Thomas. The Romance of Transgression in Canada: Queering Sexualities, Nations, Cinemas. Montréal, QC: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006.

We, Gladys. “Fishy Tales, Busted Hearts and a Percussive Clarinet.” Kinesis March 1991: 16-17.

Webb, Audrey. “From Saran Wrap to Arborite.” Vue Weekly 29 January - 4 February 1998: 23.

Wray, B.J. “Structure, Size and Play: The Case of the Talking Vulva.” Decomposition: Post-Disciplinary Performance. Eds. Sue-Ellen Case, Phillip Brett, and Susan Leigh Foster.  Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2000. 186-198. 

Zoratti, Jen. “Winnipeg Performance Artists Invite Audience to Board Airplane Destined for Hopefulness, Possibility.” The Winnipeg Free Press 29 May 2014: C1, C6.

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