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All Love Letters are Ridiculous

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Fibre Art | 0 comments

“All love letters are ridiculous”. Fernando Pessoa

Based in the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa’s words, I decided to embroider a full sized love letter written by a man. 

Todas as cartas de amor são ridículas

Todas as cartas de amor são ridículas

Todas as cartas de amor são ridículas

Todas as cartas de amor são ridículas

Todas as cartas de amor são ridículas

Todas as cartas de amor são ridículas

Todas as cartas de amor são ridículas

Todas as cartas de amor são ridículas



Why a man, one may ask. Because in our culture we came to expect women to write love letters. Nobody would say it’s ridiculous for women to talk about their feelings. But for a man… Exposing their feelings in a letter is unusual. 

In the poem, Pessoa starts judging love letters. And then little by little he admits that he once wrote some and that only people who never wrote one are ridiculous. 

Why embroider? Embroidery is usually linked to femininity and romanticism, a love letter is also usually connected with both. This piece reframes an unusual male expression of love in a feminine format, raising questions of stereotypes and prejudices create by our culture.

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