Self Changing Colors:

Life as a Contemporary Art Experiment

Self Changing Colors was one-year daily art project based on a simple rule: every day I would do things that were good for me and record how I felt before and after–in the form of a color.

One painting was generated each month in 2017, with colors stacked by day in lines resembling bar graphs. As time passed, the cumulative actions they represented improved my life, causing the colors to change dramatically over the course of the project.

Inspired by Babak Golkar’s Return Project in which art transcends the limits of the studio, and Theaster Gates’ re-framing of art as a way of approaching anything, Self Changing Colors helped me to dramatically improve my quality of life and reclaim agency over my health in the face of debilitating unexplained symptoms.

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”

–Bertold Brecht