On Observation (2008 - 2010)

Three series’ of paintings based on CCTV camera surveillance

CCTV camera images are a part of modern life, both shaping our experience of public space and contributing a style of depiction to the portrayal of these places. The way that reality is visually presented to us may colour our perception of reality itself. It is unclear as to where the line is crossed between observation and control. The increased monitoring of people and places is a contemporary aspect of our psychogeography. The CCTV camera image could be considered an archetype for modern electronic surveillance and the broader idea of a ‘surveillance society’.

As images that are used as evidence, the CCTV image is read as proof, a trusted picture of what was real at a specific time. I hope to question where the reality lies within the realism of the images. Imitating the look of the CCTV image with paint on canvas divorces the style from the presence as witness of the original medium and asks whether it is possible to contemplate one without the other.

Still Life (2008)

A series of paintings made during the final year of my undergraduate degree.

Public View (2009)

Live-streamed webcam broadcasts of city centre spaces were used as reference material for the paintings in the series Public View (2008), in a body of work concerned with the growing use of CCTV cameras in UK public spaces.

Untitled (2010)

Paintings made as part of DIY, an exhibition in an industrial warehouse organized by Surface Arts, using photographs taken at weekly intervals over the preparation and exhibition time period of DIY, changing the space temporarily through this process.