Document Type

Dissertation

Publication Date

Spring 4-21-2004

Abstract

Phobia and Phobic Relationships: A Visual Exploration is an in-depth study through visual media of the fears that exist in everyday life. My own personal view of how phobia takes form is explored through self-portraits filled with dynamic color, composition, value, texture and shape. Composition enforces each particular phobia and interprets it as honestly as possible. All of the works are open for interpretation by the viewer. This written thesis and the artwork encourages the viewer to participate as a helping hand to benefit through care-taking a mentally ill person or in self-care. My own work is rewarded by the fact that I know I have been honest and have used a public exhibition to promote hope for the mentally diseased.

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