What Are You Afraid Of?

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Liberty Arts Gallery wants to see your fears expressed through art.

Submit your best skin-crawling, spine-tingling, blood-curdling, heart-pounding, scream-inducing work for our upcoming “FEAR!” exhibition.

Curator Statement:

Fear can be a vital response to physical and emotional danger—if we didn’t feel it, we wouldn’t protect ourselves from real threats. But often we fear situations that are in no way life-or-death, and retract for no logical reason because the fears are the result of conditioning. Traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell.

There are collective fears we share as a human race. Fear of violation, break-ins, car theft, identity theft or sexual violence. Fear of pain. Fear of losing what matters to us, our home, job, loved ones, our abilities. Fear of rejection or measuring up. As a nation we may fear terrorism, war or annihilation.

Some fears are quite personal. An event in our past may have seemingly cemented in you the fear of darkness, relationships, sex, animals, body image, aging, germs or money.

And then there are the fears we cannot explain and there is no connection to the past. Fear of the ocean, insects, heights, public places, or being alone.

We want the art in this exhibition to address some of the above ideas.

The questions below should help stimulate ideas of how you wish to approach your topic.

  • What is your biggest fear for yourself?
  • Why do we feel fear?
  • How do you react to fear?
  • What were you afraid of as a child?
  • What facial expressions accompany fear?
  • Do you like putting yourself in situations where you can feel fear?
  • Do you think society lives in fear?
  • Is fear is a recognition of insecurity?
  • Do you enjoy the fear of a horror flick?
  • Is fear all relative to your culture/upbringing?
  • Why do some people develop different fears?

Please CLICK HERE to view complete Submissions Rules & Guidelines.

What: Call to Artists
When: Submission deadline: Friday, Oct. 14; Opens: Friday, Oct. 28
Where: Liberty Arts, 108 W. Miner Street, Yreka, CA 96097

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