Wales, UK / Duration 7m 44s / 2012
WATCH ME continues to explore and challenge the fantasies of femininity and sexuality, particularly relating to human vulnerability and intimacy. WATCH ME investigates the exposure of the solitary moment within a public space. What appears to be an intimate and seemingly private moment, do we become the voyeur or is the story ‘acted out’ with the intention of gaining attention? WATCH ME alludes to the surveillance video, the cam-recorder and social utilities, whereby we ‘act out’ our personal stories with or without the knowledge of being watched. Who is controlling whom? Who is looking at whom? A private moment in a digitised world has an audience and it can be copied, cached, stored, forwarded and searched.
Sue Williams’ work is psychologically charged and pathologically honest, raising important questions about the construction of identity in contemporary culture and its psychological and emotional effects on our bodies and our minds. The work constantly draws the viewer into a world of provocative sexual politics and human communication or sometimes miscommunication, the slippage between what is said, what is meant and what is understood. The drawing installation ‘…dirty linen on line…!’ started in 2003 and continues as a source of ideas for developing concepts and producing new bodies of work. There are already over 1,500 drawings founded upon the notion of ‘life’s stuff’, the artists interpretation of everyday living, drawn from observation and experiences of both the virtual world and the real world. Through drawing, manipulating text and materials, the artist explores and reveals the bigger picture, the ‘spaces in-between’. The ‘spaces in-between’ (the unsaid, the un-manifested) reveal themselves through drawing, canvases, theatre and film installations, all of which exists beyond the ‘frame’ adding to the theatricality and unconventional nature of the work.
Images courtesy of Roy Campbell-Moore.