After having created a number of these digital patterns, I came to the realization they all shared a common theme; they all have a phobic vibe. Using the word Phobic to describe wall paper may not be the most savvy business tactic as many would say it's most certainly doomed for failure. You may be thinking, who in their right mind would wall paper their home, office or business with "Phobic" wall paper. You could be right. On the surface, you may also think, it is down right insensitive to mess around with a person's fears or anxieties.                                             

    However, my intention is not to aggravate anyone who may be burdened with a phobia, but rather to approach the concept of Phobic Wall Paper as a concept that encourages reflection on the nature of home decorating, and interior design.

    The digital patterns are mainly from my collage work, but I have also experimented with other art work such as watercolor, mixed medium, mosaic and ink drawings.

    After a period of time, I came to the conclusion that they were all, for lack of a better word, psychedelic, certainly many induce feelings of unease. Many of the patterns are created using collage that, you could say have phobic elements. The collage represents one's phobia which is hidden within the complex pattern, akin to the subconscious which you could say is hidden beneath the surface of reality. For example, the Bog Man series represents a phobic pattern; unsettling, but the reason cannot readily be identified because what provokes the unease or anxiety is unclear. It has been masked or blocked similar to the origins of phobias.

    I think the patterns are vibrant and exotic. I believe they have potential for a variety of niche end products. Embrace your phobias! Stay tuned.

 

 

What's a Phobic pattern?