No Time to Lose: A Search for Work / Life Balance

“Working Overtime” by Leslie Supnet by notimetolose
August 31, 2008, 5:45 pm
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Leslie Supnet is a Winnipeg-based artist who works in a variety of media, including drawing and animation.

A few days ago, I noticed a tiny version of the drawing below posted on another website as an avatar. I asked if it related to circuit bending, which I know is another one of Leslie’s creative interests.

Much more interestingly, this piece is called “Working Overtime” and, through conversation, I learned that it was something Leslie penned while developing an image to accompany an article about child labour in Québec. Reflecting on what could be the worst possible thing to work on while working overtime, it occurred to her that fixing a punch clock in order to punch out of work, would definitely count. Not only is this character’s overtime effort not being recorded, but he must also fix the clock quickly enough to go home, thereby minimizing the amount of time he is being exploited. That’s all kinds of undesirable pressure!

Leslie informed me that she wanted to make a statement about time and work, and in addition, how time is critical to understanding and coming to terms with the nature of work.

To view more of Leslie Supnet’s thought provoking work, visit:

Leslie Supnet, Working Overtime, Ink on paper, 2008.

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