24 x 36 inch acrylic on canvas
For the majority of my childhood I was afraid to open my eyes once the lights went off. I always felt like there was something waiting for me under and around my bed and only my cocoon of blankets could keep me safe when whatever it was would come out to get me. I was afraid to open my eyes and see something that I shouldn't, and for the most part I thought that if it saw me looking at it it could hurt me. I was an incredibly paranoid child and I always pictured things like this around me. It was a similar experience with mirrors at night time too - I would never look in a mirror once everyone else went to bed because I was scared to death there would be a ghost of some kind behind me - I wanted to do a piece involving that too, but I stuck to the contest criteria for this one and went with my under-the-bed fears. After all, they were the worst; I was stuck there until the next day.