Month: December 2013
I have looked a lot at fear recently, and also love. I think there is a valid connection between both these subjects. They are polar opposites, yet complement each other so naturally. You cannot have love without fear; fear of the loss of the purest human emotion. Yet the feeling of such a negative force as fear only highlights its opposite emotion and elevates it. The fear of the loss of love is the deepest fear you can feel bearing in mind that fear is relative; the greater its juxtaposed emotion the greater the fear. An example would be to compare the fear of losing a small inanimate object to a loved one; the more love you have for something the more you fear for its loss and the greater the pain when it is gone.
Unfortunately in my creative journey into the representation of love, my utopian idealism of such matters has been tarnished. It seems where love goes, fear must follow. The following artwork of mine represents this somewhat:
My recent trail of thought has revolved around fear; what types of fear there are and what we associate with fear. I am also looking at the link between fear and the ego.
I recently read an interesting article (psychologytoday.com) which states that there is only 5 basic fears; extinction, mutilation, loss of autonomy, separation and ego-death. I found this to be quite accurate from my own experience. Some fears will include more than one of these at any one time and separation is intrinsically linked to the ego.
I thought of a few ideas to test this theory and one that stumped me was fear of ghosts. spiritualliving360.com comes up with an interesting concept that it is because they are associated with death or extinction. It could also be a fear of the unknown which could be related to either ego-death or loss of autonomy.
I have been exploring my own relationship with fear and most of it evolves around the fear of fear – I avoid certain situations not because they are a threat but because I want to avoid the feeling of being scared. A field of enquiry that does send shivers down my spine however is the uncanny – the fine line between animate and inanimate objects, and the suggestions of a fearful element, without the reveal that shatters the illusion.
I have been trying to represent fear in my recent artwork. Here is a couple of pics I was lucky enough to capture in my local park: