2007, charcoal on paper 44" x 30"
Nomy Lamm began songwriting at age nine, writing musicals at age twelve, and fronting punk bands at age sixteen. Lamm has released two solo albums (“Anthem,” 1999 and “Effigy,” 2002). As a writer, she addresses gender, sexuality, body image, and disability. Her most recent work has been with the Oakland-based Disability performance collective, Sins Invalid, with which she also acts as Artistic Director.
The seal has long been Nomy’s totem animal. Seals are perceived as cute and puppy-like, with their enormous eyes and neotenous faces, but they are actually serious carnivores. Similarly, Lamm may seem sweet on the surface, but her resonant, smoky, voice wields startling power, whether as a performer or as an advocate for the disenfranchised