But the book is not just art—it is an exploration of mental and psychological disorders and syndromes depicted in ways we’ve never seen. Each disorder is represented by an individual who suffers from it, as well as an entity which embodies the manifestation of symptoms, behaviors, and emotions unique to each one. The spectrum of disorders and syndromes we are covering is broad—they range from sleep to sexual, from impulse control to personality. There are some with which you may be familiar, and some you likely never knew existed.
The book is designed in such a way that the viewer will be shown glimpses into the days, lives, and worlds—both real and delusional, both inward and external—of individuals you may pass by on the street, or sit across from at your dinner table, or might have known in childhood, or work with as an acquaintance. These are real people—they are you, me, all of us—and we want to shed light on these disorders in ways which will both enlighten viewers and perhaps show the people represented in these pages that they are not alone, and that we do see them. That we need to see them.
We consider this a groundbreaking venture, and would like to have you involved.
Each Monday, we will be posting a “Disorder of the Day” along with a sneak peek of the artwork Luke has created for it. We would love to have you interact with us about your experience (or inexperience) with the disorder—perhaps some preconceived notions or misunderstandings you’d care to share...or, conversely, a familiarity which might even help us understand it better as we make this journey in hopes of blowing the stigmas attached to these afflictions to smithereens.
Stay tuned for more news on this...and please stop by for the Monday posts if you care to join us in discussing these disorders.