Passive Aggressive Notes

December 11, 2009

don’t we love passive aggressive notes?

Stolen ketchup, slammed doors, unwashed dishes: all mundane issues, but these incidents can be a cause of mounting frustration that is often expressed indirectly, even unconsciously in the form of scrawled post-it notes, flow-charts, and sometimes self-constructed banners. Which at first glance can seem polite but with a closer look err on the aggressive side.

These notes are barbed criticism disguised as helpful advice, a gentle reminder, a friendly joke – anger sugarcoated with pleasantries and smiley faces, but betrayed by one too many exclamation points. And it’s these passive aggressive notes that form the basis of a new exhibition at KK Outlet on show from 4th June.

Full of well executed wit and spewed bile this collection of anger led messages left on fridge doors and empty loo rolls tell us what happens when the softly, softly approach no longer works and that a declaration of war can begin with the word “please” started in May 2007 by Kerry Miller after the trauma of living in a shared house. Her blog of anger filled messages has been a constant source of amusement for anyone who knows what it’s like to live with others. Gaining many plaudits it has over 3 million hits a month, won numerous website awards and spawned the book YOUR MOTHER DOESN’T WORK HERE: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings.

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