Photograph of hand made paper card with gilded edges.

What You Love

Some men say an army of horse and some men say an army on foot
and some men say an army of ships is the most beautiful thing
on the black earth. But I say it is
what you love.

Sappho, fragment 16; Tr. Anne Carson

What You Love is a participatory archive of contemporary queer love stories. In this epistolary project I produce paper made from pulped editions of Sappho, along with contemporary newspaper clippings, and other personal and cultural ephemera, and handwright love letters requesting responses that document queer lives and loves in the historical present. The resultant archive currently includes over one hundred responses.

If you have a queer love story to share or materials you would like to donate, I would be very pleased to hear from you.  Please contact me at kikiloveday (at) gmail.com.

What You Love was developed in residency with The Women’s Center for Creative Work and The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Garden in Los Angeles where it was exhibited in “Collection/s:WCCW at The Huntington” in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, curated by Jenny Watts (November – February 2017).

WCCW/five: Meet the Artists from The Huntington on Vimeo.

 

Read More on Verso: The Blog of the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens:

“Artists in the Library,”

Engaging with the Collection by Kevin Durkin, June 29, 2017

Women Making Art, Staff, Verso: The Blog of the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens, March 30, 2017

/five at The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens

*Photo by Kate Lain, courtesy of The Huntington.

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