The Fear, Illustrated project is a continuous process that often involves a decent dollop of fear.

The Fear, Illustrated project is a continuous process that often involves a decent dollop of fear.

The project

I explore other peoples fears through their words and my visuals. The fear themes run the gamut and include failure, losing a child, the impulse to jump off high places, escalators, dying alone and needles. Participants in this project include neighbors, family members, colleagues, students and people I’ve never met.

Since starting this project in 2012, I have become much more aware of how pervasive fear is in this world. I think often about how fear can be either crippling, or a driving force to motivate people to move past it. This project has resonated strongly with people, I’ve discovered — simply because of how deeply embedded fear is in most of our daily lives. 

Publications (select)

How to Draw Out Your Worst Fears, by Kainaz Amaria, NPR The Picture Show
Drawing on Your Fears, University of Dayton Magazine
OU's Professor's New Book Nothing to Be Afraid of, by Emily Votaw, The Athens NEWS