Friday, August 14, 2015

"On the Spectrum (Insomnia)"

Aloha Friends,

School starts in less than a week! I am so excited to begin my third year teaching high school students. I have a really good feeling about this year. And even though there is a lot of training and planning and general chaos I am sticking with this series. I am happy to say I should be well on my way to finishing by the end of the year *fingers crossed* Still looking for an idea for letter "Z!" If you've got a story to tell, please leave a comment or message me! Mahalo!


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




Insomnia, or sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as desired. While the term is sometimes used to describe a disorder demonstrated by polysomnographic or actigraphic evidence of disturbed sleep, this sleep disorder is often practically defined as a positive response to either of two questions: "Do you experience difficulty sleeping?" or "Do you have difficulty falling or staying asleep?"
Insomnia is most often thought of as both a medical sign and a symptom that can accompany several sleep, medical, and psychiatric disorders characterized by a persistent difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep or sleep of poor quality. Insomnia is typically followed by functional impairment while awake. Insomnia can occur at any age, but it is particularly common in the elderly.[4]Insomnia can be short term (up to three weeks) or long term (above 3–4 weeks); it can lead to memory problems, depression, irritability and an increased risk of heart disease and automobile related accidents.

Golub, R. M. (2012). "Insomnia". JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association 307 (24): 2653–2653. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.6219
Roth, T. (2007). "Insomnia: Definition, prevalence, etiology, and consequences". Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine 3 (5 Suppl): S7–10. PMC 1978319.PMID 17824495
Hirshkowitz, Max (2004). "10, Neuropsychiatric Aspects of Sleep and Sleep Disorders (pp. 315–340)". In Stuart C. Yudofsky and Robert E. Hales. Essentials of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences (4 ed.). Arlington, Virginia, USA: American Psychiatric Publishing. ISBN 978-1-58562-005-0. Retrieved 2009-12-06...insomnia is a symptom. It is neither a disease nor a specific condition. (p. 322)
Zahn, Dorothy (2003). "Insomnia: CPJRPC". The Canadian Pharmaceutical Journal.
Wilson, Jennifer F. (2008). "Insomnia". Annals of Internal Medicine 148: ITC1.doi:10.7326/0003-4819-148-1-200801010-01001


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Mahalo for looking!
Boz Schurr

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