Wayne Toepp (1954, New York/USA) about Surveillance Stills Series: This body of work engages the twin notions of watching and being watched. I am examining images collected from the continual data stream of the expanding security environment that we move through in our daily comings and goings. The surveillance state has indeed arrived, attended by an ever more rapidly diminishing sphere of privacy. There is a telescopic relationship to time that also informs these works. The source image is a photograph of an image on a live feed video surveillance monitor – essentially a low resolution video still. The process of painting these instantaneously captured images is, on the other hand, extraordinarily slow. This generates a frisson as these two radically different conceptions of time are merged in the painted image.