Darkness

Joshua Walsh

Darkness, 2012

(Installation)

Darkness is loosely influenced by Psalm 88 and largely by the concept of fear. Walsh explores what are common fears among most people, and what drives them to be afraid. A fear of the dark has plagued us ever since we were children. The dark hallway from a child’s bedroom to their parent’s room is the longest distance in the world, littered with monsters hiding behind every wall and cupboard. It is not the fear of the dark that plagues us, but a fear of the unknown, the unfamiliar, what could be hiding in the dark. Our sight is the primary source by which we perceive the world around us, and when that is taken away from us, we are vulnerable, rendered almost inoperable. Fear of the unknown bridges all cultures and ages.  Darkness often awakens this universal fear.

 

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