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Printed artwork depicting a bespectacled, barefoot male wearing blue shirt and black shorts, and bespectacled, barefoot female wearing pink and white top and grey shorts, seated back to back, each reading a newspaper and/or magazine.Foreground features a grey, white and ginger cat a red coffee mug beside the male's foot and a blue coffee mug beside the female's foot. Background features white verandah railings, shrubbery in various shades of green and gold and an ascending airliner on a pale blue sky.
Printed inscription: /Day 23: #isoart/ Today we should have been/ fliying from Hanoi to Paris./ Instead we will ......../
Signature and date: /17/4/20 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 23: #isoart/ Today we should have been/ fliying from Hanoi to Paris./ Instead we will ......../
/17/4/20 JLishman./
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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.

Throughout this crisis there has been an emphasis on making meaning through creative expression as an adaptive and resilient response to the ongoing pandemic and art-making has surged under lockdown and quarantine restrictions.

As her personal response to the imposed isolation and enforced leisure time precipitated by the lockdown, Brisbane artist and former art teacher, Jenny Lishman, produced an artwork for each day of lockdown. For Lishman, '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 a social document, the artworks recording Lishman’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, these artworks provide both a visual and written record of this highly significant moment in world history. As well as providing a visible memoir of life in lockdown from a personal perspective, the artworks offer a glimpse into community responses to the pandemic and to each other during this period. They also record aspects of day-to-day life as freedoms were gradually re-introduced into their lives - spending time with friends and having meals at restaurants - and as cases and deaths due to Covid19 subsided in the latter half of the year.
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