Starlet 1, 2017

Tim Coad

Starlet 1, 2017

My work originates from an interest in the voyeuristic, obsessive documentation created by surveillance cameras, and the ways in which this communicates and constructs the idea of the watcher. My interest in the camera medium itself and the impersonal nature of surveillance, lead me into a fascination with pornography and the impersonal sexual connotations it produces.

My strong interest in voyeurism has lead me to explore the role of myself as the artist and how I engage with public and private space, exploring the idea of the watcher and the watched. I have been shooting from my point of view, having myself physically in the space and becoming an element of the work. Yet, I have also explored the idea of the voyeur, looking in from outside, through windows and peeping through curtains. This creates an ambiguity in the work, proposing the question, is it constructed, and does the actress know whether she is being photographed?

I have used my grandparent’s caravan as the location. The caravan has a personal connection to them, and to the notion of family and relationships. It holds a great history and remnants of personal memories throughout the space. I have taken this space and created a film set that evokes a tension in the space. It is crudely constructed, impersonal and ephemeral. I feel that directing sexual intimacy into these spaces creates an intriguing tension.