I Wrote You a Love Letter is an ongoing project I began in response to the pressure I feel as a woman to be an endless source of love. If a woman’s value is related to how much loving attention she exudes, would I be the perfect woman if I fell in love with everyone I met?
I write love letters to both men and women with whom I interact on a regular basis: friends, coworkers, professors, acquaintances. I write, document, then send the letters. In the case of an exhibition, I borrow them back from the recipients.
There is tension and contradiction between the temporal quality of the love I feel versus the permanence of the documentation, the intimacy of love versus the public display, and the idea that true love is shared between two people versus the multiplicity of letters produced. The tension or confusion a viewer might have concerning this perceived love is analogous to the discomfort I feel when confronted with gendered expectations.