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Painting for memory in a time of isolation

Painting for memory in a time of isolation

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Figure 1. Ava Byrne, (2020). NGV. Gouache on canvas.
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Figure 2. Ethan Byrne, (2020). NGV. Gouache on canvas.

Rather than being painted from memory, there was a sense in which these works were painted for the purpose of memory, as they acknowledged the lived experience of being together with art and one another in January, 2020. As they hang in my home office now, in the midst of isolation, the images provoke my own memory and recollection of our shared experience of joy and remind me to imagine that one day it will be possible to do something like this again.

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