Phobia: A Book of Fears
Description: The book itself is 32cm x 32cm with 18 pages and a secret compartment containing hidden objects, and features a range of printing methods from screen printing and etching to digital print and photocopy. The main themes are phobia and the concept of the paradox, the notion that the phobic individual simultaneously avoids and seeks out the phobic object in an attempt to feel safe. I chose to express this paradox by making the reader seek the hidden element within each image, in the same way that an Arachnophobic seeks spiders on the ceiling or an Acrophobic always looks down. This leather bound artists book explores ten seperate phobias through hidden imagery; the fear of heights, open spaces, people, spiders, clowns, the dark, ghosts, death, dolls and fire.
Publication information: 2009, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Hardback Leather Bound, Screen Print, Etching, Digital Print, Photocopy. Edition 1 of 1