ARTIST STATEMENT: I make prints, paintings, digital files, and books that explore everyday photographs collected from Facebook and other social-web-media. These recent works investigates the shifting boundaries between public and private space within today’s society.
These images employ very calculated, yet seemingly spontaneous gestures. I digitally manipulate faces and bodies of people to make shapes and marks. The images are derived from unknowing participants of social web-media, real people out there in the world who have no knowledge that their likenesses have been proliferated, manipulated and recontextualized.
There is a natural human obsession with secretly watching others from a distance. Facebook and other social-media spaces provide us with a tiny hole in the internet through which we can peer at others. In my work I use other people’s personal shapshots as raw material. I follow people whom I have taken a liking to for one reason or another, then collect and categorize images into a database. I often revisit these people’s profiles regularly to acquire new images for my library of source material.
However, there is an embarrassment associated with being a voyeur. One doesn’t want others to know that he is following or looking through their photos and comments. Blurring, erasing, and obscuring the subjects’ identities is a way to cover up tracks and disconnect the image from the individual.
Although publishing on social-media makes one vulnerable, we mutually consent in giving up our privacy for the ability to be voyeurs ourselves . I want a viewer of my work to consider his or her own roles as a participant, a voyeur and a consumer,in our digitally-networked culture.