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Chaos and Order, the Dichotomy of OCD by Sux2BeMe Chaos and Order, the Dichotomy of OCD by Sux2BeMe
This is my piece regarding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

The representation I show here is based on conversations I had with a few people, one of whom is my mother, who have the disorder. As they describe it, having things out of sync with their idea of an ordered world is extremely disturbing, hence the obsessive thoughts. The only remedy is to put things into that order, which results in compulsions. Only slight misalignment is necessary for the dissonance to exponentially increase to the point of it being anguish.

The piece is 80cm x 60cm. Both sides are done in a style influenced by the artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

The chaotic side was done using gunpowder on bristol board. The face was done in charcoal, while there are also three burned boxes in place along the side.

The ordered side is on black illustration board. Chipboard was either inked black or painted over with gesso. Each piece is placed in exact metric positions based on integers of low prime numbers.
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bear48 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional
nice job

richly expressive
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Sux2BeMe Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Always good to get positive feedback.
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Polygon-Eyes Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As far as closeness to the reality of the disorder I think your within arm's reach.

the face on the chaotic side can range from extreme discomfort to physical/mental pain while the face on the ordered side can display calmness and symmetrical tranquility and I feel that it appeals to a large array of sufferers, as no one feels discomfort exactly the same way.

As for personally specific appeal, the gunpowder used for the chaotic side reminds me of the burning feeling that I experience when I notice something out of place and the ordered side reminds me of the mentally numbing calmness of being within an area of my own personal structure.

For someone who does not personally experience OCD, your representation is visually interesting and very accurate.
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Sux2BeMe Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very very much for your input. I was aiming for the extremes, mostly due to the fact that people don't really spend a lot of time looking at drawings. So that alone necessitated the expression being on the high end of rage and anguish.

However, I am planning on redoing this over the Summer, except bigger, so I can manage more detail. The small 40cm x 60cm size really restricts what can be accomplished. Hopefully ramping it up to something much larger (and on better paper more conducive to burn patterns) will yield better results.
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Polygon-Eyes Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As someone who suffers from OCD, I want to thank you for making this.
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Sux2BeMe Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are most welcome.

Do you mind me asking how close to the reality of the disorder I came?

As someone who's only read about it, and talked to people who have it, all of my experience is second hand. So, I depend on those who do have it to help me make my artwork as true to form as possible.
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