Poodlepods - Secretarial Art Project 2016 -  

A Pointless Office-Orientated Dynamic Learning Environment (with Pippa dolls and PowerPoint)

“There has never been a first-rank woman artist. Only men are capable of aesthetic greatness.  Women make up 50 per cent or more of classes at art school yet they fade away in their late 20s or 30s. Maybe it’s something to do with bearing children.” - Brian Sewell, Art Critic, Independent 

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This self-directed art project asks: does female low employment status diminish creative exploration undertaken outside of that job and therefore it's artistic value?

It comprises a website and five elements completed at various stages in the artist's career:

Re-purposed PowerPoints - satirical HR training videos 2016 - 2018

Office Fashion - a fine art selection of invisibility t-shirts 

Poodlepods Pippa's existentialist Instagram dolly horror picture show 2017 - 2019

Pippa's Pay Gap Picture Book - a fun board book for the office (in progress)

Mrs Haversham's Low Expectations: Essays 2007- 2015 (in progress)

Acknowledgements:

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Thank you to all the wonderful typists, admin assistants, filing clerks, personal assistants, receptionists and other support staff who have put up with me for this rather extended, self-directed project.  We have laughed our heads off, quite rightly.  This is for you and a few others: artist Gee Voucher who provided one of the most amazing retrospectives of work I will ever see, Instagram friends who support Pippa and the late writer Sylvia Smith who I have been reminded of in the last couple of weeks.  We both temped and lived in Leytonstone at the same time – I might have even passed you in Tesco, I hope so.

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Historical images for the slides gratefully sourced from the Internet Archive Book Images on Flickr:https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages

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Further reading and acknowledgements: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28976849

All concept, text and slide design using MS Office PowerPoint 2013

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Pippa doll made by British toy company Palitoy in the 1970's

Sindy doll made by British toy company Pedigree in 1979

PowerPoint 2013 part of Microsoft Office 

© 2019 all content copyright Martha Haversham.