Transparent Barriers (Phobias)

“Nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos. That is the way we all see ...each other in life. Vanity, fear, desire, competition-- all such distortions within our own egos-- condition our vision of those in relation to us. Add to those distortions to our own egos the corresponding distortions in the egos of others, and you see how cloudy the glass must become through which we look at each other. That's how it is in all living relationships except when there is that rare case of two people who love intensely enough to burn through all those layers of opacity and see each other's naked hearts.”

Tennessee Williams

 

 

Artist Statement: Angelique Brickner

 

Transparent Barriers: Phobias

We live in various states of fear. Often it is these fears that motivate us, propel us forward. But more often, it is fear that paralyzes us, and becomes the invisible barrier to our own evolution and our ability to connect with, and understand those, around us. With each painful human experience, that transparent shield thickens and becomes more difficult to shatter, to break through.

 

 

This series is an exploration of the profound effect our fears can have on our lives. These fears are most potently experienced in our most intimate relationships, but our intimate relationships are but a microcosm of our relationship to the greater world, where these same fears divide us and retard our evolution as a civilization, as a species. These barriers, these fears, stand between one nation and another, one leader and another, one neighbor and another, one spouse and another... at the core of each and every decision we make and each action we take.