Diary is a collection of abstract ink compositions by the artist Jessica Williams that meditate on being, internal space, and traveling. As a series, the drawings were recently published as an artist fanzine by Nieves Books in Zurich. With deep blacks and heavy, wet gestures, it is as if each drawing is a attempt to clear the mind: each repeated shape on the page is a casting away and one step closer to a singular smooth surface free of all thought. Using only India ink and a brush, all of the drawings were made over a number of months in the artist's Oslo studio in calm periods between a rigorous schedule of traveling both within Norway and outside in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Jessica Williams is an American artist currently based in Oslo, Norway. From 2001-2011 she maintained paperheart.org, which functioned somewhere between a personal website, a sketchbook, and an experimental portfolio. Over those ten years she self-published a handful of zines and had her work included in exhibitions all over the world. Since 2011 she has run a small press called NSEW (North, South, East, West) and the Self-Publishing Workshop at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.