Eye Spy 05C1


Acrylic on linen, 1500 x 1800 x 70mm


Image by Kelcy Taratoa. All rights reserved

Private Collection


‘Eye Spy 05C1’ was exhibited at the The Auckland Art Fair 2013 by Nadene Milne Gallery, and 2016 in ‘The Panoptic Tower’ — Pataka Museum + Art, Porirua City Centre, Porirua, Aotearoa New Zealand, and in ‘We Like Catching Fish’ at Ngā Tohu o Uenuku Māngere Arts Centre, Māngere, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. 

‘Eye Spy 05C1’ is part of a series of paintings asking questions about ‘The War on Terror’ and the development of, and use of highly advanced technologies by the West, such as high-tech surveillance capabilities. Ironically these technologies create a new level of terror due to the sophistication, imperceptibly and efficiency these technologies demonstrate in eliminating human threats to Western interests. Specifically drone technologies have a kill-chain programme that enables drone pilots to Find, Fix, Track, Target, Engage and Assess (F2T2EA) — ultimately enabling ‘targeted and signature killings’, completely removing judicial process. And this is all done at distance, and at a height undetectable to the human eye. This strike capability has established a new form of terror. However, such activities are conducted in countries far from how everyday life is experienced by Western civilians, creating an unsettling disconnect.