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Ensnare Trepidation

Stephanie Sebright's avatar Stephanie Sebright

Tighter and faster the gossamer threads pull. The spider's shiny black legs click together like knitting needles. Her ribs crushing, breath slowing, darkness approaches. What terrifies you? Spiders? Small dark spaces? Death? A phobia is the illogical fear of an object or situation and is considered the most common mental illness. There are two types of phobias: specific and social. Specific phobias target a certain thing like spiders, snakes, or small spaces. Social phobias arise from fear of a certain situation, like large groups or public speaking. If one is forced to face the dreaded item or situation, the response will be fear, anxiety, and panic. The objective of my work is to break down the barriers between fear and mental illness. Once there is an understanding and we get past the fear only then can we begin to understand. While there is a stigma against mental illness, a phobia is something that most can relate to and this in itself is described as the most common mental illness. Here the chasm of understanding may be reached. My work consists of two steel spiderweb frames covered in fiberglass and acrylic yarn material. Hanging between the two panels is the bound form of a woman. The silk of the web appears frail, yet it binds the woman tightly. She can't move, immobilized by the fear, so she can't break free. A phobia, even though it is known that it is an irrational fear has a powerful hold over its owner. Face fear and break free. Here is a link to my blog which will document the build process. Updates to follow. https://stephaniesebrightart.wordpress.com/ Follow me on Instagram stephaniesebrightart

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 2 feet
  • Medium: Mixed Media, Fiberglass, Acrylic Yarn, Steel
  • Width: 10 feet
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 6 feet