Sunday, April 12, 2015

"On the Spectrum (Fregoli Delusion)"

Aloha Friends!

I have been busy in the studio this week! After traveling it's always a bit challenging to get back into the swing of things. I am really missing Japan, but I am happy to be back teaching and sleeping in my own bed. I do miss all the marvelous sake though... Thankfully I have my pictures and some beautiful memories to reflect on.

Anyway, this print marks the 6th print in my ongoing screen print series. Whew! Only 20 more prints to go! It seems like this series is taking forever and at the same time is moving very quickly. Hopefully once I hit 10 or 12 prints I'll get them all out for a group shot. Thanks for looking! And remember this series is all about perception and personal narratives, so if you have a personal story please don't hesitate to email me or leave a comment. I always want to hear from you.


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.


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 (Fregoli Delusion)
Screen Print on Paper
15" x 11" 
$100 (unframed)



The Fregoli delusion, or the delusion of doubles, is a rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that different people are in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise. The syndrome may be related to a brain lesion and is often of a paranoid nature, with the delusional person believing themselves persecuted by the person they believe is in disguise.

A person with the Fregoli delusion can also inaccurately replicate places, objects, and events. This disorder can be explained by "associative nodes." The associative nodes serve as a biological link of information about other people with a particular familiar face (to the patient). This means that for any face that is similar to a recognizable face to the patient, the patient will recall that face as the person they know.

Tibbetts, Paul. " Symbolic Interaction Theory and the Cognitively Disabled: A neglected Dimension." Jstor. Winter 2004. Web. 28 September 2011 Symbolic Interaction Theory and the Cognitively Disabled: A Neglected Dimension

Mojtabai R (September 1994). "Fregoli syndrome". Aust N Z J Psychiatry 28 (3): 458–62. doi:10.3109/00048679409075874PMID 7893241


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Boz Schurr

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