The Watcher

The Watcher

Ruth Darling

In a society where we spend a greater amount of time looking at the screen of a phone, laptop or tablet than we do at our actual physical surroundings, it's easy to live our lives according to the information channelled through this alternative virtual reality, becoming oblivious to the bigger picture of the world. Though technology and social media may allow us insight into particular aspects of our existence, this categorised knowledge has the potential to narrow perspective rather than widen it. The gallery scene represented in The Watcher illustrates this concept, with each individual character entirely focused on a specific person according to their own motives, power and position in society. Even the smug and supposedly on-the-ball security guard, having spotted the two "hoodies" looking to pinch the rich lady's handbag, does not notice the painting being stolen right under his nose. 

I hope this exploration of morals, social order, status and stereotypes makes the viewer reflect on their own judgments and interactions with technology. Ironically, it is a multimedia digital drawing created whilst spending many, many hours staring at a screen.

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