Installation on display for one year in Edenbrooks offices, London
‘Working Girls’ (2009) is a series of three wooden hand cut plaques. Consisting of three scrawled names of female characters from office-set, glamorous TV and films celebrating 1980’s boom time. Fallon- The tough yet man-dependant daughter of the Denver clan in ‘Dynasty’ (1981-1989). Racine- The rich-bitch, ball-busting, heart-of-ice model agency owner from ‘Paper Dolls’ (1984). Swell (Su-Ellen)- The naive but confident student unwittingly landing a fashion managerial position in ‘Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead’ (1991). With colours and fonts referencing the kitsch of Barbie (the ultimate working girl, who is celebrating her 50th birthday this year!) and the décor of 1980’s TV sets. The use of immediate and lo-fi materials, plywood and Dulux gloss paint, is at odds with the glamour the piece hankers after. It creates a fan-like obsessive quality and also references the classic materials of office interior decoration. The piece asks us to question not only our relationship with a nostalgic filmic space and our everyday working environment, but also the past and how our memories are triggered and then stored. What kind of response can a name activate? Three names from a reality that never existed, but one that seems as real as any other lived memories in our mind. These clues set off an unwinding series of connotations of a romanticised past, that then occupy our current surroundings.