Herpetophobia

Herpetophobia, the fear of reptiles, has been my irrational fear since birth. This phobia results in serious mental problems, stimulating high insecurity and anxiety. I ask myself: Why am I so afraid of reptiles? What characteristics of reptiles make me frightened? I observed them closely and found their skin, texture and oscillating movement confronted my courage to face them. A surface tessellation—one of origami structures—is used to represent the repetition of reptiles’ skin and texture. My inner emotions are spread subtly all over them. The flexible scale allows us to interact with it to create a surreal oscillating movement.

A surface tessellation—one of origami structures—is used to represent the repetition of reptiles’ skin and texture. My inner emotions are spread subtly all over them. The flexible scale allows us to interact with it to create a surreal oscillating movement.

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You.
You keep me hidden in my room.
All I know is I hate you.
You prevent me from rising.
You give me bounds.
Everything stops! when I see you.
I am frozen. I am stuck.
You have an immense power
to kill me suddenly.
Your skin is a silent weapon.
Your slither omits poison.
Your eyes, your voice, weaken me.
I surrender.
Your power   is s p r e a d i n g,
covering my courage.

I want to escape and I will.

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