I recently made a decision to join the Documented Life Project. I’ve been aware of this online art community for several months through my art mentors, Fran Pascazio and Marilyn Rock. Additionally, I’ve been following this community on Facebook. When I found I could buy the base journal, a Moleskine Weekly planner, in a format that began mid-year (July 2014 through Dec. 2015), I decided mid-year was the right time for me to join this inspiring art journal community.
The two photos below show my first weekly spread. The portrait page tips out to reveal a back side underneath, providing a four page spread to comment on a week in my life’s journey. So far, I like the way I can merge varying elements of my life into a single visual journal. For example, I can make a memory record of important events in a given week, collect random art work into a single volume, and carry the planner with me for noting down future activities.
As with any visual journal, my new DLP planner is a cultural product, hand made by me, in my voice, and records a view of my life. I experience art journaling as a sanctuary from the homogenizing forces of visual culture’s global communication systems. In addition, art journaling is a form of meditation that anchors me very effectively in the present moment.
In the Documented Life Project, I am gaining fresh inspiration among a group whose focus seems to be to be to foster creativity and individual expression. Using the same global communication system mentioned above, individual artists reach out to one another, acting as witnesses to one another’s journey.