TODAY I GOT UP chronicles the front page of the New York Times noting the font size of the main headline. This work has two parts; a monthly calendar and a weekly rendering. Full Project Statement HERE

In November 2016, a historic event occurred. Not the one I, and many others, were expecting.

As I followed the events as they unfolded, it was not difficult to become overwhelmed by the daily deluge of news. It was then that I decided to chronicle the front page of the New York Times, observing the font size of the main headline.

In this, the monthly series, I make a visual notation of each day the main headline is printed in large type. Working with the grid of a monthly calendar I make a hand painted tally mark in black ink each day the main headline appears in all caps and exceeds 30 points and in red ink when it exceeds 36 points. If neither occurs, no mark is made.

The ink is applied from the rear (uncoated) side of photo rag paper. The coated side resists the ink when applied in this manner and exhibits a blurred trace of the mark. For me, this application visualizes and mimics how our daily experiences are layered, absorbed and stored within us as we wait for the future to arrive.

How news is told and sold has been a long-standing interest of mine. I find as I move through these difficult times that I often feel saturated by the data and statics that pour over me day after day. As one day blurs into the next, comprehension often seems just beyond my grasp.

This project pays homage to the seminal works of On Kawara, “Today” and “I Got Up”. These works affirmed his own existence and in return, ours. It is my hope that this series might offer similar reflections.

The monthly portion of “Today I Got Up” covers the dates of November 2016 through January 2021, the inauguration of President Biden. There are 51 prints.

"Today I Got Up" is a body of work within of my ongoing project, "Residual Ink Drawing", a series that utilizes reclaimed ink from empty ink jet cartridges.

"Today I Got Up" was named a 2021 Finalist in the 95th Annual at The Print Center by David Campany and Larissa Goldston and was included in the exhibition "Fit To Print" at The Print Center curated by Dr. Ksenia Nouril and Lisa Blas. The work was also featured in Musee Magazine Issue 25.

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University featured this series in a solo exhibit in 2022 as part of the Frances Nieder Artist-in-Residence program.

Today I Got Up / Month / November 2016 - January 2021
51 5.5" x 7" prints
November 2016, December 2016
January 2017, February 2017, March 2017
April 2017, May 2017, June 2017
July 2017, August 2017, September 2017
October 2017, November 2017, December 2017
January 2018, February 2018, March 2018
April 2018, May 2018, June 2018
July 2018, August 2018, September 2018
October 2018, November 2018, December 2018
January 2019, February 2019, March 2019
April 2019, May 2019, June 2019
July 2019, August 2019, September 2019
October 2019, November 2019, December 2019
January 2020, February 2020, March 2020
April 2020, May 2020, June 2020
July 2020, August 2020, September 2020
October 2020, November 2020, December 2020
January 2021