Artist's Statements About Individual
Happy Secretary’s Day
Mixed-media collage/print with artist-set transfer
type 14 x 11 2004
Secretary’s Day (or Administrative Professional’s Day [a rose by
any other name…]) appears to be a recognition for service, yet it
is typically accomplished by bestowing gifts of flowers and candy:
traditional gifts for mothers, wives, girlfriends (hardly professional).
The notations scattered about, like Stickies-gone-berserk, are from
The Observation Desk (my journal) and also gleaned from a 1983 article
by Betty Harrigan in Working Woman magazine. The point is, if flowers
and candy were truly professional perks, male executives would receive
them, too. A note: Ever since he read my research notes for this
piece, my husband has honored his entire office staff on this special
day by giving them a real bonus: a day off of their own choosing
(with pay, of course).