DEDICATED TO LOUISE BARNICOAT AND DES HEALY
It is strange to consider that one artist has collected all manner of media cuttings and visual data over thirty or so years. The Surveillance series comprises 27 linocuts using verbatim surveillance CCTV video stills, newspapers and Police Ten 7 crime watch reality television footage. They are often blurry and the perps' (perpetrators) facial details are often indistinct. The disturbing difference between watching CCTV footage and a television crime drama is that the crimes caught on camera are both real and sometimes local. The outlines of the offenders are white against a backdrop of black. Like suspicion and the unknown, Davies' visual strategy evokes a sense of the fear, suspicion and a dread that these true-crime images represent for real victims and for the viewer.