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For my major project I wanted to create a campaign in the form of an installation for young people who suffer from OCD. A theme that became a prominent facet of my work was that of being lost at sea – drowning from obsession. The final graphic sculpture draws on this notion of being helpless against the elements, unable to regain control over the mental disorders. My sculpture Anchored, aims to do as my title suggests: providing a lifeline that helps OCD sufferers stopping the tide and disruption that is associated with the obsessions and anxiety related with the illness.

The acrylic waves themselves represent the episodes that occur during obsessive compupulsive disorder where they each have the title of a specific element of OCD which disrupts the boats journey. It also shows that the boat has become splinched and broken apart due to the battle with these anxious and troublesome periods. The bitmap typographic style chosen to again shows type being distressed and disrupted to again reflect this theme.

The use of the flies was to convey one of the most common forms of OCD, the fear of the spread of germs and contamination. Inside the hull of the boat shows a web of type to convey the hidden aspect of the illness where these worries usually remain secret.

More pix.

Previously: Derailling My Train Of Thought


“In the excellent film ‘Senna’, the documentary currently showing in cinemas on the life of the Brazilian racing driver, there is a scene where suddenly a new racing car comes on the circuit that starts winning everything.

Senna, like all the racing drivers, becomes obsessed and wants the same technology as this car so he too can burn up the track.

“The scene could be a metaphor for what happened in Irish banking. Everybody, or most at least, in Irish banking sought to ‘out-Anglo’ and the carnage at the end has not, metaphorically, been much different to what happens at the end of the Senna documentary.”

Executive chairman of Allied Irish Banks, David Hodgkinson, at the MacGill Summer School yesterday.

Ayrton Senna: A phenomenally gifted driver who drew millions of new fans to Formula One. Considered a saint in his native Brazil he fought with officials throughout his career for tougher safety measures on Grand Prix circuits.

AIB: Regulation-free, bonus-crazed “faintly dim rugby players” turn profitable, 200-year-old conservative lender into cash-starved, state-funded zombie.

Metaphor sturdiness: poor

Senna And AIB’s Drive For Success (Deaglan De Breadun, Irish Times)