When did you decide to become an
I don't quite remember. It wasn't one of those revelations. I think I just gradually slipped into art as that seemed to be the most interesting thing around.
Were you thinking about the male gaze
when you made this series?
Yes, certainly. I was thinking about the male gaze in relation to the original pin-up image in terms of how it was taken and distributed. I then tried to divert and redirect my viewers’ gaze by covering up (most of) the female models’ bodies.
Tell us about these pin-ups. Were they
part of erotica magazines?
Well, there are different sources. I've collected a lot of pin-up images—mainly I’ve bought my material online. Some of these source images are direct scans from 1960s erotica magazines and others I bought directly as negatives. In this case I have no information about the photographer, the model, what year they were taken or what they were used for. I am presuming they were used for magazines, but I don't know if they were used in the magazine in the end or if they are just detritus, the stuff that didn't get used. So the original image is often a bit of a mystery.
Is this kind of stuff just on eBay? Yeah, there is a huge amount of erotica traded online. You can get anything on eBay. When I was searching for images to use, I was interested specifically in vintage images that were set within domestic interiors or in sets that looked like they were referencing a domestic situation. The pictures had to have a curtain or drape behind the model, which I then simply used to cover up the main point of interest within the picture. So this thick drape becomes a blocker or screen within the image, like a photographic shutter or strip tease curtain. It begins a play between what is public and what is private.