WHAT DO YOU FEAR?
Everyone who has ever lived was afraid of something. Often fear saves us. Fear keeps us on the path, in the light and gets us out of adverse situations. It's intuition; that little voice in that warns us, "Don't get in that car." Being afraid of real or perceived threats is an emotional response shared by most living creatures.
Creative people often look at fear as a motive, or incentive, for deciphering life and their beliefs. Historically, art and literature have provided an exploration of fear. From Edvard Munch's "The Scream" to John William's unforgettable opening notes of Jaws and Bram Stoker's tense classic, Dracula, popular and higher culture embraces peeling back the layers of what scares us and why.
This proposed exhibit offers new looks at what we fear in our own lives. Writers, designers and visual artists of diverse cultures, ages, experiences and media will each create one piece of work each that will focus on one fear that they want to contain, and maybe even conquer. Each piece will incorporate a “container" for that fear, which is left to the artists' personal interpretations.
All participants will be creating containers from a variety of materials uniquely fabricated for the piece or a transformed found object. They are given the goal of integrating that container into their piece. Their art can be expanded around, on, or even contained within the container. There is no limit to the participants’ imagination, just an opportunity to create a piece that artistically represents their fear and containment of that fear.
Preliminary topics include emptiness, ecological disaster, hair, losing control through illness and elevators. There’s no limit as to what fear our participants’ will contain with their art.
Each participant will express an aspect of their own personality and artistic style. From our diverse lives and cultural references, we attempt to share what forms us and will imbue our community with shared respect.
CONTAIN YOUR FEAR offers an opportunity to engage the wider community with the range of pieces and creators. Painters, fiber artists, photographers, sculptors, interactive and multimedia artists, designers, essayists and poets are working on creating pieces for this exhibit. With such a wide variation of people and work, some aspect of containing a fear will appeal to everyone.
Political, cultural, personal or global, fear is imbedded in our consciousness as humans. We look to creative people to help us vanquish them. This exhibit will do just that.