Eyes on the Prize
Big Brother; Friend or Foe is the inspiration behind my Eyes on the Prize sculpture series. A feeling of comfortable and familiar anxiety is created by decorating motion sensor activated security cameras as domestic or friendly animals. We are not only constantly being watched and recored but also consenting to that consistent surveillance in today's society. Through my use of realistic looking yet fake security cameras, then mounting and costuming them as animals the viewer is encouraged to interact with the sculptures. This series allows 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.
The Eyes on the Prize series puts emphasis on the full range of emotions we go through when we feel watched or judged. Our vulnerability in wanting to be protected and noticed, yet, at the same time having a deep need for privacy in our lives. This creates an almost universal dilemma that ties us all together in the human experience of modern living.
*The Eyes on the Prize series was created and displayed as part of the Naughty or Nice show at the Yellow Peril Gallery in Providence RI in 2014.