When I received my beautiful copy of Drawn Together by Katarina Thorsen and her father Roar earlier this month, the mailing also included some of their original journal pages. What a wonderful addition! Much of Drawn Together’s content is told through the narrative of Kat and Roar’s journaling and art-making.
In Chapter Three of their book, Kat describes that she and her father often worked in many, many journals back and forth with one another from 2002-2005. The intention of this shared experience was to help strengthen their connection, as well as manage and try to make sense of difficult events happening in their lives during that time.
The journal pages sent to readers is an opportunity for these expressions to be shared and have others in the community also become part of their process through the invitation to add to them. To hold some of Kat and Roar’s pages in one hand and their touching story in the other, I felt such gratitude and privilege to be included in their art-making connection.
Pages that have been added to and returned back to Kat for the Community Journal Project will then be exhibited at a Drawn Together event! What a great idea to celebrate the power of art, community, and connection!
If you’re interested in also contributing you can learn more through this link.