'Work' is both a hand-drawn animation and a photographic study. It was put together in a dark archive store room. The spot-lit yellow post-it notes frame a poet reminiscing about an old office job she once had before becoming a writer. Mirroring the function of a post-it note stuck to a document, the post-it note animation demarcates, highlights and obscures glimpses of shelves, desks and objects synonymous with any office.
The objects in those glimpses are those used to categorise, label, post, file and eventually build a physical archive and yet they, and the people who use them, are often invisible when considering the cultural significances of archives and how they are used to articulate cultural history. They are all a part of and apart from an archive.
The film with its claustrophobic 'muzak' soundtrack - reminiscent of being placed 'on hold', creates an uneasy juxtaposition between art and administration. It flirts with the answer to the question, 'How can we attest to work that holds low or no social and cultural value?'
By combining two narrative-building visual devices at once, and allowing those visual devices to seep into each other as it unfolds, 'Work' seeks to explore the ways memory can fragment, disrupt and overlay the present and creates a space for the haunting poem by Anna Woodford to unfold.