Paul Reynolds

My practice-led research is an exploration into the subject of voyeurism and its intrusive qualities. I have been creating a series of works that portray the subject in the form of erotic and illicit. My theoretical research on voyeurism within cinema has been the focal point of reference, focusing on films which portray the darker undertones of the human gaze, ‘Voyeurism, at its most extreme, can lead to sadomasochistic behavior. The man watches the woman, she may or may not know that he is looking at her, she cannot, however, return the gaze because it is he who has agency over it and thus over her. Ostensibly, she is the victim and he the potential sadist who can violently attack or even kill her.‘ (Hayward, 1996, p394) Alfred Hitchcock’s film ‘Rear Window’ (1954), Michael Powell’s ‘Peeping Tom’ (1960) and David Lynch’s ‘Blue Velvet’ (1986) have been crucial in my reflective process.