September 4, 2018

Where does work space begin for you?

Sally Mairs


This work dissects the impact of a work space on the employed individual, both on a physical and psychological level. The sense of space within the physical environment in which you work becomes familiar, a second nature to you in terms of navigation of and interaction with said realm. Using an isolated space exclusively for work allows you the ability to reflect and engage with your tasks independently from your life, be they challenges requiring deep consideration or housekeeping duties with which your muscle memory engages before you do when you first roll in at 9am. The psychological response to this space is what some folk call “work mode”.

Utilising graphic illustration and text, the work simply depicts patterns and objects which I personally come to recognise as triggers for my brain to enter work mode, as well considering the division of time between being an artist and a worker. Specifically focusing on my experience working in a customer facing role within a key organisation in Scotland’s cultural sector, the work is something of a fond reflection, an ode to simple environmental details I find soothing and familiar on some days, and on others, dramatically less so. The text reads,
“I tend not to make work about work I make work about dreams; dreams toward which I work when I’m not at work and which I dream about at work. My dreams take work and my out-of-work work takes dreams; dreams which I work toward being my new work and my new work.”