Eyes on the Prize
Big Brother; Friend or Foe is the inspiration behind my Eyes on the Prize sculpture series. I create a feeling of comfortable and familiar anxiety by decorating motion sensor activated security cameras as domestic or friendly animals. This points out that we are not only constantly being watched and recored but also consenting to that consistent surveillance. By using realistic looking yet fake security cameras, then mounting and costuming them as animals I encourage interaction from the viewer. The use of vintage fabrics in my work (mostly vintage house linens) creates a level of nostalgia and comfortability.
My goal as a visual artist is to convey a relatable, emotive experience. I do that In this series by allowing people to engage in a paranoid flip flop as they question if they are really being recorded and followed. This results in a deep examination of the work where the observed becomes the voyeur through the viewing process. My emphasis is on the full range of emotions we go through when we feel watched or judged. Our vulnerability in wanting to be protected or noticed and at the same time having a deep need for privacy in our lives creates an almost universal dilemma. This ties us all together in the human experience of modern living.