Fear As a Sickness uses a disturbing red color scheme to illustrate the dangerous, sickening effects of fear on the human body. Fear is a source of negative energy in the body, and it can cause sickness just as easily as a strain of bacteria or virus can. Stress that is placed on the body due to intense fear or worry has a deteriorating effect. The immune system is suppressed by fear, and a variety of human health factors can be compromised by fear and stress.
The red color scheme in this painting reflects the human body. Red is the color of blood, and the use of this color in the painting suggests the painting’s concern with health, a concern that is also reflected in the painting’s title. The red, blood-like background is contaminated with brown spots. Brown is often associated with deterioration or rotting. The brown splotches interspersed in the blood-red background indicate the contamination of human mental and –physical health by fear and worry.
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