Inspired by Bird Box, Netflix Asked Artists to Share Their Deepest Fears

A crop of Danny Luckert’s art showing his greatest fear: bugs.
Image: All Images via Netflix

Ask anyone what their biggest fear is and no two answers will be exactly the same. That’s why Netflix’s hit movie, Bird Box, doesn’t show its villains. Nothing is scarier than what lives deep in our own imaginations.

Inspired by that thought, Netflix’s sci-fi/genre NX social channel asked several artists to use the medium of their choice and show their own personal fears. Basically, it’s what they might see if they were in the world of Bird Box and their blindfolds came off. io9 can exclusively reveal the results, along with statements from each artist.

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Aaron Campbell’s biggest fear, inspired by Bird Box

Aaron Campbell:

Brain cancer attacked my father without warning like a hateful poltergeist mutating his mind and body with violent force. Having witnessed this, it has become a insidious specter that will haunt me forever. How do you fight something that can’t be seen, comes without warning, and has no cure?

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Alex Weaver’s biggest fear, inspired by Bird Box

Alex Weaver:

The idea I had for this piece was what lurks out of forests and dark corners and under beds — forgotten lost things that look monstrous all gathered together, and given a voice of innocence in the guise of a child like a puppet.

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Alison Sampson’s biggest fear, inspired by Bird Box

Alison Sampson:

Being stuck in a finite closed space and circling round through pitch black, featureless rooms, and eventually realizing that there is *no way out*, House of Leaves style, is the thing I am most afraid of.

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Danny Luckert’s biggest fear, inspired by Bird Box

Danny Luckert:

My inspiration for this illustration was my childhood phobia of bugs! To this day, just the idea of them crawling on my skin or finding their way into my nose or ears makes me get all squirmy. So with that said, being buried in bugs seemed like that natural way to go.

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Eric Nyquist‘s biggest fear, inspired by Bird Box

Eric Nyquist:

Sight is almost like a character in Bird Box, so I chose invisibility as a major theme for the artwork. The scariest things are always those you can’t see coming. I wanted to work with concepts like transparency, obstruction, and darkness.

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Fran Krause’s biggest fear, inspired by Bird Box

Fran Krause:

This is a shadow that might chase me in a bad dream. Parts of my dream might be very clear—the trees, the underbrush—and parts might be blurrier and more emotional, like this creature.

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Marie Enger’s biggest fear, inspired by Bird Box

Marie Enger:

It’s empty here, but I can feel them lurking from just out of my sightline. I can feel their gaze all around me, weighing me down so low that I’m beginning to break. Eventually I’ll crack in half and become empty too.

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Vanesa R. Del Rey’s biggest fear, inspired by Bird Box

Vanesa R. Del Rey:

In the lines of fear of fear itself. It’s about the physical materialization of fear in the body. For most it feels like something sinks from the chest to the stomach, there is pain in the physical body, but nothing is in fact hurting the body. It is an anticipated pain reaction for the concept of a threat to the well-being (no pain) of the physical body.

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