Saturday, June 21, 2008

Creativity Sunday

I just got my new magazine Cloth Paper Scissors and as always have read from cover to cover already. For me this is a very pricey magazine, but whenver I can get a discount on it for a year I subscribe as it is full of ideas.
I don't journal except for my blog. I can't remember ever starting a diary and sticking with it, I may have tried once when I was really young. I know alot of you do journal, so I wanted to feature this artist I just read about.

Her site is so do check her out. What intrigued me was her latest work.
Here is an excerpt that brought this project about copied from her page and same information is also in this magazine article


I've kept written diaries since 1975, starting in high school. They're my records of thoughts, factoids, and personal dramas, and doodles.

One of these diaries was lost in 1986. I was heartbroken about it and put up “lost diary” notices all over the RISD and Brown campuses in Providence, as you'd do for a beloved pet. As weeks and then months passed I assumed I'd never see it again, but through an unknown series of events this journal was returned to me by a stranger fourteen years later, on Christmas eve, 2000.

I came home from an annual party on Christmas eve and there was a message on the machine, saying, "If this is Jessica Deane Rosner, I have something you want."

I said to my husband, "There is only one thing that I know of that has been lost that I would want, and that would be my diary."

Then we played phone tag for the next few days. Finally I reached the man and asked him what the item was, he briefly told me, took my address, and then mailed it to me, from Boston. All the while I worried that it would get lost in the mail.

I know the diary was passed from person to person, going all the way from Providence, RI to Toronto, Canada through a network of art students. I know this because tucked in the front were bits of paper with names and addresses that were not mine.

When the lost diary was found I wanted to use it as a catalyst for drawings that would allow me to use all of the motifs I've explored for the past two and a half decades.

With that idea I began the Diary Project. I'm using a copy of each page of the diary as the foundation for new drawings, which portray a visual stream of consciousness. It's been a journey backwards and it's often painful to read my words again because they sound so immature but it's encouraging to have a chance to recreate my past into a more mature work and I hope, person.

The Diary Project was exhibited as a Work-in-Progress at the David Winton Bell Gallery of Brown University. My goal is to finish it by the end of 2007. The Diary Project is two-thirds done. There will be about 70 pages when it is completed.

Her new pages are wonderful-so do pick up the magazine or go to her blog to view.

Just wanted to share


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