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Fear, Illustrated

Through other people’s words and my visuals, I’ve created a narrative about common and not-so-common fears that others have shared with me. These fears and anxieties include death, failure, losing a child, losing one’s voice, losing one’s mind, needles, cancer, speaking honestly with one’s spouse, déjà vus, being wrongfully imprisoned and clusters of small holes. 

Project participants — friends, neighbors, colleagues, my students, family members, acquaintances and people I’ve never met — share their fears with me via email or in person. Many people have told me that after seeing a tangible interpretation of their fear, they feel less burdened by it.

(The book, Fear, Illustrated: Transforming What Scares Us, was released by Parallax Press in 2017.)

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