The Clear Virtue of Creating a Common Language for Communication, 2015, Ink drawing on paper, 48” x 48”

The Clear Virtue of Creating a Common Language for Communication contains 394 individually hand-drawn ink lines, conceptually representing the number of specific mental disorder codes defined by the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Version 5 (DSM-V). This drawing was created line by line, and each line is numbered, with a clear beginning and end. Their seems to be a clear form, although abstract, when viewed from a distance. The closer a viewer gets to the drawing, the easier it is to see the distinctions between each line - the connections and interactions, as well as the varying paths traveled. Each line is completely unique and wholly individual, yet viewed on the same page and in the same space, they begin to seem the same and it is more difficult to clearly define them as separate.

© 2021 Megan Scheffer.