LGBTQIA+ History Month at The Tate Collection

[Watercolour & ink puzzle purse]
February 2023

           “This piece is in response to 'Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene' by Simeon Solomon. Sappho wrote: "Someone, I tell you, will remember us, even in another time." And she was right, Simeon Solomon found her. For a long time Sappho’s poetry was translated with altered pronouns, Solomon’s painting is one of the first depictions of Sappho that doesn’t hide her desire for other women. Solomon himself is a significant figure in LGBTQIA+ art history; a gay, Jewish artist whose life and career were cut short by homophobia. For a long time Sappho survived in fragments, Solomon was one of the first to show the full picture. I wanted to imagine what Sappho and Erinna’s relationship might have been, guess at the lives they lead from between the scraps of poetry that still survive. I hope this piece speaks to the tenacity and tenderness of the LGBTQIA+ community. May we continue to find each other across time.”

          Additonally The Tate asked me to record my process and edit it together into a reel for their instagram account.

Solomon, S. 1864. Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene. [Watercolours] At: The Tate Britain, London