Hérpein: Face Your Fear

by Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

A fantasy world, that exists only in our minds, provides us a place where we can mentally escape from everyday reality. Escapism, such as indulging in daydreams, allows us to experience comfort and makes us feel safe, eliminating feelings of insecurity and vulnerability.

This study aims to use playfulness and reverie as a tool to access and confront mental discomforts. Transforming disturbing situations into an experience of reverie; a correction of unsatisfying reality, by converting a solid component of the real world into a desirable infinite form will provide alternative viewpoints.

This method has been employed to address my personal phobia, Herpetophobia, fear of snakes and reptiles. We all know that when we fear of something, we become smaller and what we fear of becomes enormous. It happens in our mind and we have no control over it. This project, I picked snake to study by deconstructing its appearances such as skin, split tongue, pupils, etc. and using daydream theory to playfully convert them into a form of everyday objects. This method has helped me perceiving new aspects of snakes, somehow living "in" it. The exhibition intended to offer a whimsical experience of "facing your fear," allowing people to live inside my fear through a fantasy lens.

It is my hope to employ daydreaming as a form of serious play to provide a new way of perceiving unsatisfying reality.


Gold in Integrated Graphic Design for Social Change 2022, Student

Silver in Integrated Graphic Design 2022, Student

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Tanruk Pairoj-Boriboon

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Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

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