Most of us have experienced feeling fear at some point or another, but some people suffer from daily, overwhelming anxiety that stops them from living life to the fullest. Whether it stems from a specific trauma or a lifelong mental health condition, learning to live with and understand our fears can help combat the intense, all-encompassing emotions they bring. For her own personal project, Netflix Story Artist Cécile Carre recently illustrated her own visual interpretation of fear, and how to overcome it.
The 6-image series begins with a giant, terrifying monster luring over a female character, cowering towards the ground in fear. The second illustration shows the girl timidly turning to confront the monster, only to find that it has softened a little, become a little smaller, and some might say—quite cute! As the series progresses, the monster becomes a mirror image of the girl herself, and begins to change color from dark purple to sunlight yellow. The monster then turns into a child, and then a baby in need of love and acceptance. The female character embraces the “monster” and by the end of the series, it disappears completely.
Carre’s beautiful series captures the essential truth about fear. As we begin to open our hearts and minds to understand it, we can begin to heal. Since posting her illustrations on Facebook, the series has been shared over 14,000 times. The artist writes on Instagram, “I feel very grateful for the very kind words I received recently, it is very encouraging.”