Susan Merrick's residency in a suburban office space develops her research and practice relating to socio-political themes such as work, power and gender.
"Since the 12 Jan I have been occupying this emptied but still furnished office space in the depths of Berkshire. I wanted to spend some time at the site contemplating how it affects me, what it makes me think about and what it offers as a space. I’ve been looking at the layout and colours of the space, functional in design, sprawling desks and lots of small meeting rooms. The previous tenants have left clues to their existence everywhere, smiley faces made with a pin board, post-it notes with long finished reminders and messages to inspire left on white boards.
It looks as though the previous tenants left quickly? Where did everyone go? And why? It makes me want to hide, and got me thinking about the power spaces have. Initially I’m going to work with the idea of hiding, literal hiding and mask wearing, as well as the more conceptual ideas of hiding and masks that may happen in spaces such as this. I will also consider gender and space, and power relations with regard to this. I have invited Amy Dignam and Barabara Touti-Evans to come and collaborate with me for a day each in order to consider these themes. With Barbara I will be collaborating in a physical way with her flexible wool sculptures to change the space."