In honor of Valentine's Day, love, art and the love of art, SFMOMA is hosting a contest over on their Facebook page. Read all the fine print here, but basically the task is to create a love letter to a work of art.
My first thought was, "What a dandy of an idea! I must do this." But then my old nemesis fear* kicked in, because just look at the letters that've already been submitted! There's a mix tape for Mondrian, a confessional note that looks like it was intercepted by WK's 7th grade science teacher for Warhol, and a sweet homage to Paul Klee. "There's no way I can compete with all this awesome," my trying-so-hard-to-be-helpful-but-ultimately-and-ironically-unhelpful inner voice thought. So, then I
- summoned my courage,
- asked myself if writing such a letter would make me happy,
- tried to imagine my answer if it weren't for a contest and there were no other intimidating letters looming over me,
- and decided that I should write a love letter to a work of art.
Not so I can create something "better" than the other participants; not so I can win free tickets to SFMOMA. Because writing a love letter to a piece of art is precisely the kind of project I get all geeky about. Because I do love art and I love writing letters. Because I love open-ended assignments that allow for unbridled creativity. Oh yes, I will write this letter for me**. :)
Do you also love art and letter writing? Will you join me in this Valentine's Day "assignment"? I'll be looking for your entries! ;)
*My thoughts on fear Part I and Part II
**and most likely Henri Matisse