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by Jade Jackson (subscribe)
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Explore the power of notes, found serendipitously
Found by Laura, Notes found, notes lost, Sun Studios Sydney, Urban Art, Alexandria
'Found by Laura' an exhibition at SunStudios, Alexandria.

Found by Laura is a curious collection of notes found over twelve years by Laura Sullivan. The notes, written by strangers and discarded, were all discovered by chance in gutters, on bridges, near rubbish bins and anywhere else scrap paper tends to accumulate.

A visit to her local grocery store, unceremoniously started her obsession, when an orange piece of paper on the ground caught her attention. On one side of the note was a grocery list and on the other a calendar reminder, 'Andrew-Appt Drug & Alcohol Counsellor 1st Feb' [sic]

The human element intrigued her and besides sparking questions about Andrew, she now found herself poking around amongst roadside bushes seeking more potential stories to add to her collection.

Over twelve years, she amassed hundreds of scraps of paper which she kept in an antique brown suitcase.

The exhibition reads as though you are eavesdropping on conversations between strangers but feel intrinsically entwined. It's notes like those below that have us gasping at what may have happened next.

Did Daniella make up with her parents?

Found by Laura, notes found, notes lost, SunStudios Sydney, Alexandria, Urban Art
A note every parent has thought about writing at least once.

Was KT made to pay back the $10 she stole?

Found by Laura, notes found, notes lost, SunStudios Sydney, Urban Art, Alexandria
Some notes have been found by Laura's friends such as this one found in Maylands in Western Australia.

Found by Laura, note found, sticky note, SunStudios Alexandria
The original note which started it all.

It's easy to see why Laura's initial coincidence has turned into an obsession with so many heartfelt stories now adorning the walls of SunStudios in Alexandria.

Each note has been lovingly framed with a description of the location it was found which adds to each mystery. It's like reading a one paragraph story, where the ending is left open for you to imagine. The notes cover a range of emotions and you'll find yourself laughing one minute and then blushing the next.

Found by Laura, Notes found, Notes lost, SunStudios Sydney, Urban Art
Simple but poignant notes are sometimes the most powerful.

Found by Laura Is essentially art that fills our voyeuristic curiosity of the lives of strangers, whilst telling stories that are relatable. It covers the mundane to the explicit and everything in between. It's human frailty, raw.

The handwriting ranged from classic cursive fonts to block letters and gave voice to the real storytellers, who probably are unaware their story has been told.

Laura has attempted to track down the note owners by leaving messages of her own at bus stops. So far she has only found one owner, but would like to find more.

Found by Laura, notes found, notes lost, SunStudios Sydney, Urban Art, Sydney, Alexandria
Note found in the snow in Mississauga, Canada after Laura got lost.

Found by Laura, Notes found, Notes lost, SunStudios Sydney, Alexandria, Urban Art
Meet Laura at the exhibition 'Found by Laura'.

I asked the obvious question and her favourite note is "one I found on a subway platform in New York. it's so heartfelt."

A deeply personal note found on the subway in New York which is Laura's favourite.

The collection has been cleverly edited to provide entertainment for
anyone from the hopeless romantic to the inquisitive detective.
The notes inspire wonder and curiosity which is what great art always tries to do.

I found myself still thinking about this exhibition days later and have started casually keeping an eye out for pieces of paper on the ground.

Please dont touch me I'm tiklish, Found by Laura, Notes found, Notes lost, Urban Art, Alexandria, SunStudios
Note found by Laura.

Next up Laura plans to exhibit in Melbourne, New York and Canada where some of the notes were collected. She would also like to make a documentary.

The power of words always fascinates me. Found by Laura no doubt will fascinate you too with its random collection of real stories.

Found by Laura, Notes found, Notes Lost, SunStudios Sydney, Urban Art, Alexandria
Two connected notes found by Laura, together telling a story.

Follow Laura's finds on Instagram, Facebook or via her website.

Important Information
Parking is available on the street and limited parking is available in the exhibition space car park.

A cafe is situated at the rear of the exhibition (open weekdays).

The closest train stations are St Peters or Green Square.

The exhibition is free to enter, however, the exhibition space incurs a cost to the artist, so if you like the exhibit, support the artist by purchasing an exhibition book ($35) or a tote bag.

Have you found anything intriguing on the street? Comment below with your find.
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Why? A fascinating exhibit 12 years in the making.
When: Runs daily from now until Sunday 19th March 2017. Open 8am-6pm Mon-Fri & 8am-4pm Sat-Sun.
Phone: 61 2 9641 5555
Where: Sun Studios 42 Maddox St Alexandria NSW 2015
Cost: Free entry
Your Comment
What a fascinating exhibition, Jade! Almost feels like it could get too close to home for some, who have lost their 'pieces of paper'.
by Elaine (score: 3|8885) 1944 days ago
This is an interesting article, takes me back to the days when pen and paper were still the way to communicate... it's a nice memory lane.
by Former Writer (score: 3|1221) 1942 days ago
Yes indeed! It was a weird sensation for an exhibition to feel so intimate and it really got me thinking about all the notes I'd written and what happened to them.
by Jade Jackson (score: 2|230) 1944 days ago
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