Fox Fisher (they/he) has been an outspoken trans activist for the last few years, with an extensive list of achievements to their name ranging from creating a Trans Acting course; exploring the meaning of the term non-binary and the encompassing issues on TV with Piers Morgan; found My Genderation, a film project which helped create over one hundred short films; and screen-printing live at the Tate Modern as well as the V&A Museum. At present, Fox is focusing on a feature documentary and a historical fictional series titled Inverness Or Bust, which focuses on a group of trans people who visit a sympathetic doctor in the 1970’s.
Upon sitting down with Fox, the topic of art and activism was explored. When asked about the challenges of being an artist, Fox said, ‘I think the biggest challenge, as someone from the LGBTQIA+ community, is whether to make my art visibly ‘trans’ or LGBTQIA+ related’. Fox has explored various other artistic subjects from animals to sacred geometry and gold, but at times a sense of guilt can enshroud the exploration of themes that do not focus entirely on showing trans and queer positivity. They said that the pressure to focus on creating LGBTQIA+ themed art can feel like it ‘pigeon holes and stifles creativity.’
Fox went on to say, ‘I feel like my trans and queer themed art is often fairly basic, like hand-drawing ‘trans rights are human rights’ and screen printing that onto book pages from J.K. Rowling books’. Fox went on to point out their collection of hardback Harry Potter books which had been donated by trans Harry Potter fans who had drifted away from the series after J.K. Rowling’s controversies surrounding transphobia. Fox had reworked the book pages into illustrative work and phrases promoting trans pride and acceptance.
The world of book publishing has not always been a source for queer representation. Fox has co-created the children’s book ‘Are You A Boy or Are You A Girl?’, the ‘Trans Survival Workbook’ as well as created the ‘Trans Pride Colouring Book’. On the topic of representation in what is being published on the shelves, Fox remarked on how there were not many trans or diverse books when he first started said five or so years ago. He said, ‘All the books I have created are ones I wish had existed when I was growing up, which may have helped me come out sooner’. When asked on whether they thought there was more room for change, Fox commented on the ‘explosion in trans and diverse books in recent years’ with particular accreditation to JKP Publishing. They went on to say, ‘There’s still scope for so many more trans positive books, for all ages.’
Fox commented on their journey in the arts scene as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. They said, ‘Like many other trans and queer people, life hasn’t been a linear journey. This means that there might be gaps in formal education, which can be frowned upon and seen as ‘outsider art’’. With numerous awards and accreditations under their belt, Fox has been a pivotal figure in making strides in queer and trans acceptance.
Words by Rebecca Cremona