Friday, February 1, 2019

Update: Dates in a Life Project 2019

I'm one month in working on 2019 The Dates in a Life Project, a year-long painting project documenting the number of steps I walk each day. Above is a detail of January's steps.

Last year I worked on the Dates in a Life Project 2018 with a different way of documenting each day. I rounded up 2500 steps to 3000 (as an example)

This year I'm documenting everything in fractions of 250 steps. As an example, after 2000 steps (which would be the icon with no paint), I'm painting colors to show as close as I can to 2250, 2500, 2750, and then up to 2999, instead of then rounding up to 3000 steps. 

The painted colors will change each season. Winter is Teal Blue, Spring will be Green, Summer will be Yellow, and Autumn will be Indian Yellow Hue. 

The black icons represent up to 9999 steps walked, red represents 10,000-19,999 steps and yellow represents 20,000-29,899 steps.

To keep track of my steps, I use the Health app in my iPhone.

I notice as I write this that I made a mistake on January 31st. The solid black square is for walking less than 1000 steps, which I did do when I was sick on January 17 (722 to be exact!), so I am collaging the 1000-1999 icon on the 31st so it'll be correct. On the 31st the temperature never got above 9 degrees and it was unsafe to walk outside. I'm looking forward to warmer winter temps this weekend so I can walk outside again.

The Dates in a Life Project 2019, which measures 37.5" x 33.5" unless I crop it somewhat before the end of the year, is created with monoprinted textures of a construction fence as the background, handstamped rubber erasers on fabric which are collaged on the background grid, as well as handpainting and stitching on stiffened fabric.

Look for updates each month.