Monday, March 30, 2015

"On the Spectrum (Dissociative Identity Disorder)"

Aloha Friends,

Aloha Friends!

After spending a magical week in Japan (blog post to follow) I am back teaching and preparing myself for another day in the studio this upcoming weekend. Until then I am going to continue to write and post about this print series in an effort to catch to where I actually am (my posts are a few weeks past due, whoops!) After such a dark, heavy print as was Cotard Delusion, this new print is much lighter but no less chaotic. The hand drawn lines are meant to be an artist's interpretation of a mental illness, personality disorder, etc as an abstract landscape. Each individual's experience with mental heath is unique and the goal of this work is bring attention to these unique experiences as right or wrong but to be viewed through a lens of acceptance.

As you may have noticed I am trying to stick to very specific colors for this series. The first print and letter of the alphabet, Asperger's Syndrome, started with the color red. I used this color because it is the first color in ROYGBIV also known as the visible light spectrum. If you read my artist's statement the use of the colors becomes clear. The second print, Bipolar Disorder, used a lighter, slightly more orange red and the third print, Cotard Delusion, becomes even more orange still. The color shift will continue so on and so forth till I reach the 26th print, letter Z, which will end in a lovely violet. Thank you for reading! I will update you on art, travel and teaching again soon! Thanks for reading!

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On the Spectrum is a 26 part print series, one for each letter of the alphabet, that explores interactions of mental illnesses, developmental disorders and perceived normalcy as abstract landscapes. Please read my artist Statement for more details.

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Artist Statement: There is a strange disconnect between mental illness and normalcy – as if there is a stark dividing line between the two: Black and white, us and them, completely separate. I believe this arbitrary classification, ill, healthy, recovering... is very similar to how we catalog our colors: blue, red, green... The visible color spectrum reflects the human experience. An experience where colors cannot be contained as single, definable points. The spectrum is one band of ever shifting, transitioning hues, as are we – our lives and our experiences are continuous and overlapping, yet discreet.

We all exist in a world with other people. We interact daily with a wide range of personalities. It is not possible to limit your experience to “normal.” We are but one piece in the cosmos. No one exists in a vacuum. So instead of pushing past others whose mental or physical health might not reflect exactly our own, we must embrace.

We are made of many parts: our personalities, our bodies, and our world.

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On The Spectrum (Dissociative Identity Disorder)
2015
Screen Print on Paper
15" x 11" 
$100 (unframed)




Details:







Characteristics:

Dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder (MPD), is a mental disorder on the dissociative spectrum characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states that alternately control a person's behavior, and is accompanied by memory impairment for important information not explained by ordinary forgetfulness.

Dissociation, the term that underlies the dissociative disorders including DID, lacks a precise, empirical and generally agreed upon definition.[7][16][17] A large number of diverse experiences have been termed dissociative, ranging from normal failures in attention to the breakdowns in memory processes characterized by the dissociative disorders. Thus it is unknown if there is a common root underlying all dissociative experiences, or if the range of mild to severe symptoms are a result of different etiologies and biological structures

"The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders". World Health Organization.

Lynn, SJ; Berg J; Lilienfeld SO; Merckelbach H; Giesbrecht T; Accardi M; Cleere C (2012). "14 - Dissociative disorders". In Hersen M; Beidel DC. Adult Psychopathology and Diagnosis. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 497–538. ISBN 1-118-13882-1.


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Monday, March 16, 2015

"On the Spectrum (Cotard Delusion)"

Aloha Friends,

This print is the third in my ongoing On The Spectrum series. This print was featured in the 87th annual Honolulu Printmakers Juried Exhibition! I also won an award for excellence! Plus the print sold! CheeHoo!!! It was a lovely evening and I am very grateful for getting the chance to show some work again. The show is up till March 20th and was curated by the amazing Chicago-based screenprinting duo Sonnenzimmer! Don't miss it!


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On the Spectrum is a 26 part print series, one for each letter of the alphabet, that explores interactions of mental illnesses, developmental disorders and perceived normalcy as abstract landscapes. Please read my artist Statement for more details.

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Artist Statement: There is a strange disconnect between mental illness and normalcy – as if there is a stark dividing line between the two: Black and white, us and them, completely separate. I believe this arbitrary classification, ill, healthy, recovering... is very similar to how we catalog our colors: blue, red, green... The visible color spectrum reflects the human experience. An experience where colors cannot be contained as single, definable points. The spectrum is one band of ever shifting, transitioning hues, as are we – our lives and our experiences are continuous and overlapping, yet discreet.

We all exist in a world with other people. We interact daily with a wide range of personalities. It is not possible to limit your experience to “normal.” We are but one piece in the cosmos. No one exists in a vacuum. So instead of pushing past others whose mental or physical health might not reflect exactly our own, we must embrace.

We are made of many parts: our personalities, our bodies, and our world.

***

On The Spectrum (Cotard Delusion)
2015
Screen Print on Paper
15" x 11" 
$100 (unframed)




Details:









Characteristics

The Cotard Delusion (also Cotard's Syndrome and Walking Corpse Syndrome) is a rare mental illness, in which the afflicted person holds the delusion that he or she is dead, either figuratively or literally.

The delusion of negation is the central symptom in Cotard's syndrome. The patient afflicted with this mental illness usually denies their existence, or the existence of a certain body part, or the existence of a portion of their body. Cotard's syndrome is in three stages: (i) Germination stage—the symptoms of psychotic depression and of hypochondria appear; (ii) Blooming stage—the full development of the syndrome and the delusions of negation; and (iii) Chronic stage—continued, severe delusions and chronic psychiatric depression.

Berrios G.E. and Luque R. (1995) Cotard's delusion or syndrome?. Comprehensive Psychiatry 36: 218–223

Yarnada, K.; Katsuragi, S.; Fujii, I. (13 November 2007). "A Case Study of Cotard's syndrome: Stages and Diagnosis". Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 100 (5): 396–398. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0447.1999.tb10884


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"On The Spectrum (Bipolar Disorder)"

Aloha Friends,

This print is the second in my ongoing On The Spectrum series. I am moving along with the series and as each print happens I am getting more and more free with my mark making and my focus on the my concept. I really enjoy the play of line and dots on this one. Thanks for looking!

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On the Spectrum is a 26 part print series, one for each letter of the alphabet, that explores interactions of mental illnesses, developmental disorders and perceived normalcy as abstract landscapes. Please read my artist Statement for more details.

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Artist Statement: There is a strange disconnect between mental illness and normalcy – as if there is a stark dividing line between the two: Black and white, us and them, completely separate. I believe this arbitrary classification, ill, healthy, recovering... is very similar to how we catalog our colors: blue, red, green... The visible color spectrum reflects the human experience. An experience where colors cannot be contained as single, definable points. The spectrum is one band of ever shifting, transitioning hues, as are we – our lives and our experiences are continuous and overlapping, yet discreet.

We all exist in a world with other people. We interact daily with a wide range of personalities. It is not possible to limit your experience to “normal.” We are but one piece in the cosmos. No one exists in a vacuum. So instead of pushing past others whose mental or physical health might not reflect exactly our own, we must embrace.

We are made of many parts: our personalities, our bodies, and our world.

***


On the Spectrum (Bipolar Disorder) 
2015
Screen Print on Paper
15" x 11"
$100 (unframed)





Details:




Characteristics:

Mania is the defining feature of bipolar disorder,and can occur with different levels of severity. With milder levels of mania, known as hypomania, individuals appear energetic, excitable, and may be highly productive. As mania worsens, individuals begin to exhibit erratic and impulsive behavior, often making poor decisions due to unrealistic ideas about the future, and sleep very little. At the most severe level, manic individuals can experience very distorted beliefs about the world known as psychosis. A depressive episode commonly follows an episode of mania. The biological mechanisms responsible for switching from a manic or hypomanic episode to a depressive episode or vice versa remain poorly understood.



Barnett JH, Smoller JW (2009). "The genetics of bipolar disorder". Neuroscience 164 (1): 331–43. doi:10.1016/j.neuroscience.2009.03.080. PMC 3637882. PMID 19358880.

Beentjes TA, Goossens PJ, Poslawsky IE (October 2012). "Caregiver burden in bipolar hypomania and mania: a systematic review". Perspect Psychiatr Care 48 (4): 187–97. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6163.2012.00328.x. PMID 23005586.

Salvadore G, Quiroz JA, Machado-Vieira R, Henter ID, Manji HK, Zarate CA (November 2010). "The neurobiology of the switch process in bipolar disorder: a review". J Clin Psychiatry 71 (11): 1488–1501. doi:10.4088/JCP.09r05259gre. PMC 3000635. PMID 20492846.




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Boz Schurr

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

"On The Spectrum (Asperger's Syndrome)"

Aloha Friends,

I've started a new print series that should keep me busy through the rest of the year. On the Spectrum is a 26 part print series, one for each letter of the alphabet, that explores interactions of mental illnesses, developmental disorders and perceived normalcy as abstract landscapes. Please read my artist Statement for more details.

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Artist Statement: There is a strange disconnect between mental illness and normalcy – as if there is a stark dividing line between the two: Black and white, us and them, completely separate. I believe this arbitrary classification, ill, healthy, recovering... is very similar to how we catalog our colors: blue, red, green... The visible color spectrum reflects the human experience. An experience where colors cannot be contained as single, definable points. The spectrum is one band of ever shifting, transitioning hues, as are we – our lives and our experiences are continuous and overlapping, yet discreet.

We all exist in a world with other people. We interact daily with a wide range of personalities. It is not possible to limit your experience to “normal.” We are but one piece in the cosmos. No one exists in a vacuum. So instead of pushing past others whose mental or physical health might not reflect exactly our own, we must embrace.

We are made of many parts: our personalities, our bodies, and our world.

***


On the Spectrum (Asperger's Syndrome) 
2015
Screen Print on Paper
15" x 11"
$100 (unframed)


Details:





Characteristics

As a pervasive developmental disorder, Asperger syndrome is distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than a single symptom. It is characterized by qualitative impairment in social interaction, by stereotyped and restricted patterns of behavior, activities and interests, and by no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or general delay in language. Intense preoccupation with a narrow subject, one-sided verbosity, restricted prosody, and physical clumsiness are typical of the condition, but are not required for diagnosis.

American Psychiatric Association (2000). "Diagnostic criteria for 299.80 Asperger's Disorder (AD)". Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th, text revision (DSM-IV-TR) ed.). ISBN 0-89042-025-4. Retrieved 28 June 2007.

Klin A (2006). "Autism and Asperger syndrome: an overview". Rev Bras Psiquiatr 28 (suppl 1): S3–S11. doi:10.1590/S1516-44462006000500002. PMID 16791390.



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Boz Schurr

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

"The Prison in the Prism"

Aloha Friends!

I've been working hard to get myself back into the groove of making fine art. I recently finished this drawing/portrait and am hoping to do a few more like it (but different). If you want to know more about the concept please read my artist statement below! Mahalo!

Artist Statement: There is a strange disconnect between mental illness and normalcy – as if there is a stark dividing line between the two: Black and white, us and them, completely separate. I believe this arbitrary classification, ill, healthy, recovering... is very similar to how we catalog our colors: blue, red, green... The visible color spectrum reflects the human experience. An experience where colors cannot be contained as single, definable points. The spectrum is one band of ever shifting, transitioning hues, as are we – our lives and our experiences are continuous and overlapping, yet discreet.

We all exist in a world with other people. We interact daily with a wide range of personalities. It is not possible to limit your experience to “normal.” We are but one piece in the cosmos. No one exists in a vacuum. So instead of pushing past others whose mental or physical health might not reflect exactly our own, we must embrace.

We are made of many parts: our personalities, our bodies, and our world.


Feedback is always welcome! Thank you for taking the time to read my artist statement!



The Prison in the Prism
2014
Pencil on Paper
24" x 14"
$300







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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Society6 Art Available!

Aloha Friends,

I got some work on Society6! If you can't afford to buy an original, you might find a print or other product that fits your budget! Please feel free to follow me or please share if you want! Mahalo for your support! 

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Monday, January 12, 2015

One Second a Day (2014)

Aloha Friends,

Last year I saw a good friend of mine post a small video overview of his 2013. How can you fit a whole year into one video? Easy, just do a second (or so) a day. I was so excited and inspired to see all his beautiful and happy memories I set out to make my own. So in case you are wondering what artists do all day (and all year long) here is small sampling of my 2014. Please enjoy.


What a fantastic year! I am so grateful for all the art, friends and family in my life! This year I resolve to name more art, see more people and travel to as many new places as possible.

Did you have a good new year too? What are your new years' resolutions? What videos did you make last year? Post your favorite 2014 in the comments! Mahalo for sharing!





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