Over on our Instagram page, we're posting a weekly installation from Clare Johnson's Post-it Note Project, a long running daily project. Here's her wrap-up and statement from September's posts.
I can’t shake the feeling that September is when years end and start. The season turning into fall always makes me think of old years and time passing. This group of post-its all look back at another September, from a dramatically terrible time in my life. 2014 was personally brutal, terrifying, but my post-its that September seem pretty normal. Many of them don’t really talk about what was going on, but I see glimpses of things I was trying to find comfort in. I was watching Only Lovers Left Alive, which turned out to be the last movie I ever rented from On 15th Video. I went there from childhood, renting old movies with my parents, through my teenage years, watching all the queer films I could find over and over, and into adulthood; I didn’t know when I made the post-it that the store would close forever at the end of that week. I was getting happily soaked in rain that I’d forgotten would ever come back, and stubbornly continuing my daily swim in Lake Washington even after it had been abandoned by everyone else. The beach was so empty that someone was trying to shelter there on a bed of newspaper pages; when I saw they were full of splashy ads for a Seattle Art Museum exhibit called “City Dwellers” it felt like we were strangers let in on some sad lonely joke. Even in an awful year I know how lucky I am, how vulnerable things are, how much I need to thank someone for.