Further and further, civilization is encroaching in on nature, thus leaving nature to find a home within ourswithin our streets, our homes, and our objects. We take animals and insects at our own desire, building cages and glass houses to gaze upon their beauty. We may give up our home for them, but they should not have to give up their home for us.
I only truly know what it is like to be in my own shoes, but sometimes I find it most important to not only imagine this world through a human’s eyes, but also through the eyes of an entity much smaller.
In the world of an insect or a small animal, I am often overlooked, stepped on, or hiding in small spaces. When I eat, I never know if I may suffer poison.
The phobia of arachnids is not inherent; it is learned and taught, as these eight-legged creatures only seek to spin elegant webs to entrap other, more insidious creatures that we often overlook.
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Sometimes it is easier to aim your fear at something instead of at your own mind.

Anna Martin

Anna Martin is a digital/traditional artist, writer, and photographer based out of Saint Augustine, Florida. She is an avid explorer and much of her artwork is inspired by her travels and life experiences. She strives to capture emotions and inspire others with her work. Her work has been previously exhibited in various galleries and museums, such as the Rosenberg Gallery and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her work has been published in various art magazines including Grub Street and Plenilune Magazine. She also frequently works under the pseudonym Vacantia, and more of her art can be found at her online gallery: