Sunday, November 8, 2015

"On the Spectrum (Korsakoff's Syndrome)"

Aloha Friends,

Back to screenprinting! I have been all over! Traveling, teaching and just adjusting back to life on the island after a long and wonderful summer. I am still working on getting my home studio set up and running BUT I just bought a screen, a scoop coater, emulsion and ink yesterday so I am very excited to see what happens! I just put on the first coat of emulsion on my brand spanking new screen and am waiting for it to dry. The sun is out and shining so it's a great time to expose a screen. I've got my design and I am ready to go! Check back later to see how some of my new designs turn out!

Until then please check out the latest in my On the Spectrum series. I am on letter K! This series is really coming along and I am really excited to start on the next print in my very own studio! Mahalo for looking!


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 (Korsakoff's Syndrome)
Screen Print on Paper
15" x 11" 
$100 (unframed)




Korsakoff's syndrome is a manifestation of Wernicke's encephalopathy, also called Wernicke´s disease. It happens in Wernicke's disease in almost all alcohol abusers and is rare among the other patients.This neurological disorder is caused by a lack of thiamine (vitamin B1) in the brain, and is also added by neurotoxic effects of alcohol. 

There are six major symptoms of Korsakoff's syndrome:
  1. anterograde amnesia
  2. retrograde amnesia, severe memory loss
  3. confabulation, that is, invented memories which are then taken as true due to gaps in memory sometimes associated with blackouts
  4. minimal content in conversation
  5. lack of insight
  6. apathy - the patients lose interest in things quickly and generally appear indifferent to change.

Kolb, Bryan; Whishaw, Ian Q. (2003). Fundamentals of human neuropsychology. New York: Worth Publishers. p. 473. ISBN 978-0-7167-5300-1OCLC 55617319

"What is Korsakoff’s syndrome?"Alzheimer's Society. October 2008

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Mahalo for looking!
Boz Schurr

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