platonic love letters (2018)

screen printed pillow cases, pillows, embroidery floss

78.5 in. x 50 in. x 6.5 in.

**intimacy is associated with romance and sexuality, but often the platonic love in our lives holds an equal or greater amount of intimacy and vulnerability than the romantic. this piece utilizes pillowcases from my childhood home that have been screen printed with the letters i sent to my family coming out as bisexual—as well as pillowcases featuring similar loving, vulnerable letters that come from individuals close enough to me to have shared the intimate space of a bed. these pillows meld the subtle yet strong connection of the intimacy of our words in platonic relationships with the intimacy of our touch in traditional romantic relationships exploring how much the two share rather than contrast.