The painter Giorgio Morandi once noted that “nothing is more abstract than reality.” This statement sparked a turning point for me as I moved away from my previous still life work and embarked upon this project, Reality TV.

I began this series in 2008, a time when digital content and information was just beginning to be created and distributed in tsunami like waves. While this has only increased since that time, then I was not quite conditioned to its assaults. I had not mastered multitasking on multiple screens. The volume of data I was exposed to daily became unbearable for me. Platforms like, Facebook (2004) You Tube (2005) and Twitter (2006) had only recently been introduced and Instagram (2010) had yet to arrive. Radio and television were rapidly expanding their broadcasts. How was I to manage this insane situation? We were in an election year. I needed both exposure and shelter from all this information.

Reality TV began response to this nerve wrecking time. I focused my attention on the television and its constant beam. I photographed a white wall in the room where a program was being viewed; capturing the light being emitted by the TV. Each composite photograph represents a television program. The assembled images of saturated color vibrate against each other creating their own visual sensation. They form a strip of colored data resembling pixilated information; transforming the data it was created from. 

In Reality TV 2009, I assemble 12 selected images and arrange them to maintain the aspect ratio of a wide screen television. In Reality TV 2010, I photograph the entire show and assemble each image in a platform that reflects the length of the broadcast.

I cannot truly say I have mastered managing electronic data, I can only say I have selectively weaned myself from it.

Project created, 2009-2010
Statement written, 2018

Installation view: Contemporary Arts Spaces Tasmania (CAST), Devonport, Tasmania, Australia