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Printed artwork depicting a man with glasses and open-necked short-sleeved shirt seated with forearms resting on a table on which there is a glass and open newspaper. Background features plants in hanging baskets, vertical railings and latticed.

Inscription: /Day 11 #isoart/
Signature and date: /5/4/20 JLIshman/
CH classification FINE ARTS Prints
CH classification FINE ARTS Paintings watercolour
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Height 296mm x Width 209mm x Depth 1mm
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/Day 11 #isoart/
/5/4/20 JLIshman/
History and use
The SARS-Cov2 pandemic which swept the world in 2020 resulted in unprecedented national and state-wide lockdowns to reduce the spread of the virus. By April 2020, about half of the world's population was under some form of lockdown, with almost four billion people in more than ninety countries or territories having been asked or ordered to stay at home by their governments. During the first wave of the pandemic, Australia entered a general nationwide lockdown on 23 March 2020.

Making sense through creative expression, has long been an adaptive and response to crises. Responding personally to the imposed isolation and enforced leisure time precipitated by the lockdown, Jenny Lishman produced an artwork for each day of lockdown. A Brisbane artist and former art teacher, Jenny's life 'changed in all kinds of ways and this project gave structure to my days. There was a growing joy in dreaming up the theme for the following day, so much so that I would start it the evening before and complete it in the morning'.

At once, deeply personal, but each also a social document, the artworks record Jenny's day to day thoughts, experiences and feelings, connections with friends, family, and neighbours, the introduction of mask-wearing and State border restrictions. Many are scenes from her Grange home where she has a studio overlooking Lanham Park and Kedron Brook bikeway.

From both a social and historic perspective and from a local standpoint, the artworks provide a visual and physical record of this highly significant moment in world history and are a tangible memoir of life in lockdown from a personal perspective. As a window into community responses to the pandemic and to each other during this period, they record aspects of day-to-day life as freedoms were gradually re-introduced into their lives - spending time with friends, having meals at restaurants - as cases and deaths due to Covid19 subsided in the latter half of the year.
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