2022 New Years Resolution from Flora Rosefsky
It was only a couple of years ago when I interviewed a few metro Atlantans to write an AJT article about what was on their bucket list. I actually had my own item, and now wonder why it’s still undone. So maybe in 2022, it’s time to create the legacy book about my art over the years and actually finish it. I was fortunate to have met Rick Stone through our shared interest in the visual arts and his newest project in a book he wrote about story intelligence. Rick encouraged me to start the process and even showed me how to set up a story board with sticky notes to write down the sections and sub-divisions for my book. Daughter Ellen Cohen, a senior art book editor at Rizzoli, told me she would help with the editing of the short statements and layout. So what is holding me back? Is it purely procrastination? Do I need to make a resolution on Jan. 1 to go through the jpeg images of the many series of work like the nine self-portrait “Life Chapters,” the Art+Activism work, the family storytelling drawings and collages that often use ephemera from my husband’s father? When this self-published book is completed, I want each of my children and grandchildren, and some friends to have a copy — to better understand the thinking that went into creating the work. If the AJT asks this same question at the end of 2022, I hope I can offer another resolution, knowing that this legacy book was already completed.
Flora Rosefsky is a contributing writer at the Atlanta Jewish Times and visual artist.