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Swiss animator Frederic Seigel’s short, inspired by the obsessive compulsive eccentricities of himself and his family. To wit:

On his way to work, Ruben is haunted by obsessive-compulsive thoughts; is the front door locked? Is the stove really turned off? As Ruben’s creative mind is invaded by increasingly absurd scenarios, reality and imagination begin to merge…


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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.

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Previously: Derailling My Train Of Thought


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Scottish artist Thomas Wrightman sez of this book sculpture:

The final book sculpture of my major project series. Like the previous two sculptures it uses a visual metaphor to convey the emotions of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and embodies my research by visualising an expression used by a sufferer of OCD. The expression was ‘derailing my train of thought’, because the person felt that the rituals they had to perform were disrupting their day. Where the compulsions and worry would side track them from doing everyday activities.

To convey this metaphor the sculpture shows a train travelling on a journey that has become disrupted, leading it to derail from its set path. Typography was used on the tracks for the title of the piece, also type was used for the coal. In the scene it shows the coal cart tipping over where the type has become mixed up to symbolise the mixed emotions during anxiety and panic.

Below: the first two sculptures in the series:Drowning From Obsession and Hitting Rock Bottom.