THE DIARY PROJECT | NEW: Selected images
now available as Archival
I've kept written diaries since 1975, starting in high school. They're
my records of thoughts, factoids, and personal dramas, and doodles.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are interested in purchasing this project,
email me, Jessica Deane Rosner, at JooDeane@aol.com or call 401-785-2546.