Dated Work Samples
~ an invitation from Nita Sturiale for a new art project ~

Assessments, tests, certifications, degrees, forms, criminal records, proof, notarized copies, bank accounts, medical records, proof of citizenship, voting registration, genetic testing, carbon footprint, batting average, dated work samples...

I am collecting questions about your worth. Your questions will be used as the foundation for a new artwork. Some questions will be selected as part of a custom fabric design. The fabric will be used to sew items of clothing to be given as gifts.

The concept of the value of a human life has been continuously debated, abused, analyzed, leveraged, and distorted. Most of the earth's inhabitants are not able to determine their own value to those in power over them. While I learn the history and current practice of slavery, read headlines of senseless war and gun violence, observe the double standards and racism in every day life, feel powerless against a massive refugee crisis, and angry toward the current administration in the United States, I consider the luck of my own privilege. I invite you to wonder with me - what if your value was determined by the efforts you labor, the love you feel, the observations you make, or how much you are worth to your family, friends, or community?

How might your worth be quantified?

The questions should begin with the following phrase:
How much…
How many…
How high…
How low…
How old…
How fast…
How long…
How far…
How big…
Or similar

The answers should be able to be measurable in numerical quantities - something that could be put into a graph or data set. You don’t have to provide the answers. I just want the questions. Please write your initials and a date that has meaning for you in relation to the question.

Your final submissions would look like:
How many children do I have? BD 3.12.2004
How fast can I recall math facts? LP 6.1.1983
How many miles have I driven? HG 1.1.1986
How long has it been since I have smoked a cigerette? NS 1.1.2000
How many hours have I been alone? NS 2.7.2018
How many lines of code have I written? GT 1.30.1999
How many times have I been nice to someone I don’t like? GT 8.1.2017
How many notes have a played on the ukulele? ET 2.7.2018

Thank you for your submission,
Nita Sturiale

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