The Isolation Museum

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. This has led many countries to encourage their citizens to stay at home, isolate, or go into quarantine to prevent widespread community transmission.

Being forced to stay home not only changes our relationship to each other, but also changes our relationships to our spaces. I began The Isolation Museum to document my thoughts on my space, starting with a handmade clock built by my sister. You can visit this artifact in the museum here, or you can listen to the audio story below.

Enjoying my process, I opened The Isolation Museum to the public and encouraged others to also share their isolation stories with each other. It is my hope that sharing these stories transforms our isolation into a source of contact and connection.

Visit The Isolation Museum to read about its more than 200 artifacts, or submit your own.

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