The Phobia series are large scale abstract paintings begun in 2014 with the polyptych "Pteromerhanophobia" - a piece inspired by the horror I felt at the news of the disappearance of Malaysia Air Flight 370.  The term pteromerhanophobia refers to the fear of flying, often also associated with the fear of enclosed spaces and the fear of falling.  The pieces were created to evoke the sickening sensation of spinning out of control, and the frightening depths of the ocean that obliterate any remains. 


Out of this first series, evolved a piece entitled Thalassaphobia (fear of the sea) that addresses the horrors of the Middle Passage, Xerophobia (fear of dry places) about my own anxiety about the changing global climate, and Topophobia in which i express my fear of getting lost while wandering the unforgiving desert landscape.

Jillian Sandell:  jilliansandell[at]  •  IG: @morethanadequate

Douglas Blanc:  zendoug[at]  •  IG:  @zendoug1969