Name: Ellie Harrison
Period of Employment: 26 June – 23 July 2006
Job Seeking Undertaken:
Ellie on the Union
I really identify with what the Union of Undercover Artists represents. In my area of practice I often feel as though I’m operating in an ‘undercover’ role. A lot of my projects involve the documentation of everyday events, requiring me to make notes throughout the day in everyday situations. I always do this in a covert manner – not wanting to draw attention to myself. In a more general sense, I feel most artists operate in an underground way – the majority of the population unable to understand what they do or how they make a living. UUA is a way of empowering undercover artists everywhere and creating a united voice.
Ellie on Prime
When I first agreed to take part in Part-time, I had a really idealistic vision of what it would entail – I dreamt of becoming a traffic warden and playing games to see how many cars I could ticket each day. When it came down to it, finding work was as much a part of the project as actually being engaged in employment. I experienced a lot of things that I would never have encountered had I not been looking for work and prepared to do anything. The project was an eye-opener – a reality check about how privileged I am to be an artist, to be self employed and to be my own boss.