How Are You?
The research behind the series How Are You? grew out of a desire to gain a more holistic understanding of the depth, duration, and consequence of the aspects of life that affect my mood, social skills, mental and physical health. As a person with chronic mental and physical illnesses, I am constantly seeking explanations for the way I feel and reasons I should feel better. My hope in initiating this research was threefold: first, an opportunity to transfer my self-monitoring from the mental, personal space to the physical, impersonal space; second, to create a way to track my mood and health over time in order have an objective counterpart to my subjective experiences; and third, to consciously invoke the observer effect - the principle that the act of observing will influence the phenomenon being observed.
With these goals in mind, I created a rubric of overarching categories of my life divided into the daily potentialities that could positively or negatively affect me. Each day was recorded and scored according to the rubric, then transcribed by hand into charts. This self-study lasted for four months. I am now working through this physical database to extrapolate meaning that will allow me both deeper insights and tools with which to study my well-being. I have further used this data-driven insight as material for my Textile studies. It is my hope that between the data-driven visuals and the threadwork of my own hands, I can slowly build and communicate a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between myself and the world around me.
Daily Totals: October 9, 2017 - January 31, 2018
This is a collection of framed charts that were filled out at the end of each day, every day, for four months. These charts are a visual representation of my daily scores in each category.
Daily Averages: October 9, 2017 - December 5, 2017
This woven piece depicts a bar graph made of embroidery floss on a backdrop of brown leather strips. Daily Averages was inspired by the ancient Peruvian method of record-keeping known as Khipu.
Line Graphs: October 9, 2017 - January 31 2018
This collection of transparent plastic slides depict the line graphs for each category in each month. For every slide, each hole that the embroidery floss passes through represents one day. I created these models in order to better compare how each category influences another, and how they change over time.