The subjects aren’t strangers; they are Hempton’s friends, acquaintances and, for the picture that initiated the series, her boyfriend.
Hempton asks random men if she can paint them, and then, brush in one hand and typing with the other, she depicts as much of the on-screen feed as the subject’s patience – or arousal – allows.
These people believe that if they do not even know the real name of their cybermate—and never actually see them—their affair cannot be regarded as from a moral point of view; it's no different from reading a novel or other form of entertainment.
In other words, a way to play out fantasies in a safe environment.
Although Hempton’s nudes are typically titled with proper names, they are impersonal, their faces cropped out.
They communicate something unknowable and ungraspable in even the frankest exposure of the body; try to clasp (2015), and she would slip between your palms like an icicle.