Friday, August 4, 2023

100 chairs

I'm a huge admirer of this ongoing project, '100 chairs', by Katie McLachlan, who has Long COVID. 

The paintings record her life pre- and post-chronic illness, and feature every form of seating and lying down support, from chairs and beds to gurneys. They give a playful sense of the harsh realities of post-exertional malaise, exhaustion, the experience of time ill, 'radical rest', the enforced localism of chronic illness, and creative access to nature.

I've published other examples as illustrations for the discussion I did with Katie and Brighid, posted here recently. The project is a wonderful example of finding a form that is possible within the limits of chronic illness, and expressing a poetic and joyful worldview, from within a time of loss, grief, and pain.

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