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Melissa Stenner

Robert Townson High School

Artwork title
OCD, washing, checking, I should know
HSC year
2013
ARTEXPRESS year
2014
Expressive form
Drawing
Artist’s statement

OCD, washing, checking, I should know visually displays the stress and anxiety felt by someone suffering with obsessive compulsive disorder. In my work, I explored excessive hand washing and checking of appliances and door handles, drawing inspiration from my own personal experience of the disorder. The work is intentionally repetitive to highlight the obsession of a sufferer and to make the audience feel overwhelmed. The stress felt by a sufferer is communicated further by my sketchy, sometimes dark, sometimes sombre approach with continuous, quick actions of the hand. My materials helped with this method.