1985-86 and 2003-2007. Unique [with Limited Edition]. Loose sheets, boxed; Hardcover; Stiff Boards. "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.
It was exhibited as a work in progress at the David Winton Bell Gallery of Brown University and the complete series was exhibited at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA in the Drawn to Detail show. There are 72 pages in the series.' [artist statement]
Lost for 14 years, a young woman's dairy...by serendipity...found its way home. Jessica responds to contents of 72 sheets with the evolved/matured skills and life experiences of the missing 14 years. The result is both visually stunning and emotionally complex. Fine in Fine Archival Case. Ink on paper, mixed media, sheets housed in archival sleeves and boxed; printed glossy wraps; marbled paper boards with tape reinforced hinges; vellum paper envelop with loose ephemera. 12mo-4to. Var. pag. Illus. (color and b/w artwork). Work includes:
1: Original Diary [mostly text, two full-page pieces of art (one color, one b/w)
2: Vellum paper envelope with loose contents of original diary (several diary pages written when the book was not available, a bookmark she created, several different items laid in by those who possessed it for the 14 missing years]
3: Custom archival box housing 72 original drawing executed on copies leaves from the original diary, separated with glassine sheets. Each work is sequentially numbered and dated at the rear.
4: Limited 'trade' edition (100 copies created with the collaboration of 5 Traverse Gallery) in glossy wraps. Every page of art is reproduced at the right, the left bearing notations (materials used, size, date). Item #10336