Curatorial Notes: Lisa Cahill

"The project began by way of an experiment. At Easter time in the midst of lockdown in Sydney, I thought what if we were to send 100 journals to 100 creative people and ask them to document something of their time during Iso (as of today this is a word!) in an analogue as opposed to digital form – a modest sketchbook fit for purpose."

Made a list (hasty but I think well considered) of creative people; designers, makers, thinkers, curators.

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Wrote a brief.

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Asked three questions.

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Send us a photo of you holding the journal. A few replied. That’s progress I thought.

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Outed the project on instagram posting the photos. It’s a real thing now!

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A few journals returned in the reply paid envelope. Blank. Oh dear. Perhaps no one will want to take part.

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First completed journal arrives in the post. Contemporary Artist Louise Weaver sends us a painting. Bright yellow, red and orange leap off the pages. I am so grateful that she has taken the time to do this. It is a bright spot in an otherwise fairly bleak time.

View Lisa Cahill's journal here: 


Image: Lisa Cahill, Design/Isolate Curatorial Notes Journal (detail), 2020.