They’re some of the most ubiquitous employees out there. We call them and talk to them (and maybe sometimes shout at them) every day. They tell us the company policy. They’re called customer service representatives. But, what do they do when they take the headset off at the end of the day?
Well, this customer service rep picks up a paintbrush, makes a painting, and then turns it into one of the hardest “I Spy”-style TikTok challenges yet.
To take her mind off work. To avoid being defined by her job. To become what customers never see: an artist.
Unlike an office, a puzzle is mentally stimulating. It challenges you to use your brain and eyes in creative ways to complete the challenge involved. That’s why Belinda Tagoe, a local Atlanta artist, made her art into a child’s plaything for adults. It’s well-known that puzzles are a way to keep your brain in tip-top shape. But, what’s another thing that happens when you’ve forgotten about the drudgery of work for a few moments?
You become a kid again.
Being an adult involves being in Corporate America.
- You work rote jobs.
- You’re shackled to someone else’s schedule
- You think about retirement, housing, politics, and other adult stuff
- You might worry about the future of our economy and society
The world loses its sense of fun, as a result.
Technically, you have more freedom as an adult, but, in some ways, you have more freedom as a child. When fewer duties occupy your head space, you can fill it with more colors and joy. That’s what these puzzles are about. They’re all about mindless escapism.
And, if someone’s working a bleak job like customer service, why couldn’t they use some of that?
You can see the videos here on TikTok.
Images are (c) Belinda Tagoe – All Rights Reserved
Guest Artist Bio
Born in January 1996, Belinda Tagoe is a painter and an illustrator. She’s been making art since 1999 (early starter). Belinda’s not the type to ponder about the deeper meaning or the socioeconomic implications of every painting that she makes. Instead, she sees everyday objects like a car, an elephant, a piece of broccoli, or a teapot and thinks, “hey, what would this look like in a different setting?”. The end result? Some of the surrealist and idyllic pieces that you see before you. Her artworks are an escape from reality. Her main goal is to make sure that, for 10 minutes a day, you aren’t thinking about mindless 9-5 busy work or rent.
When she’s not painting, she’s reading about meteorology. She’s a heck of a weather geek! Also, her favorite surrealist painter is Salvador Dali.
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