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“Doctors use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM) to diagnose their patients. “The DSM-IV organizes each psychiatric diagnosis into five dimensions (axes) relating to different aspects of disorder or disability.” (Wikipedia) Herewith, a Chinese menu of DSM disorders and symptoms, groups according to their “axis”—Common Axis I, II and III. Choose one from Column A (left), then move to Column B (a la carte) to round out your order. (Example: Bipolar Disorder with Suicidal Ideation).”

Dim Sum Prescription Menu for mental health symptoms.(With apologies to anyone who can read Chinese.)

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Cindy Sherman as “Bacchus” by Caravaggio

In my New School Abnormal Psychology class, I learned about Identity Disorder as one of the Associative/Personality Disorders. Since acting is about being someone else, it seems somewhat related to the topic, as does Cindy Sherman’s work. She built a whole lifetime of artwork centered upon her transformations into different personae. In one phase of her work, she was photographed as famous works of art. She inspired me to do a transformation of Nancy, of cartoon fame (see below), into Cindy Sherman transforming into famous artworks.

Nancy as "A Gentleman" by Fra Galgario

Left: Nancy as “Self-Portrait With Bandaged Ear” by Van Gogh Right: Nancy as “Georg Gisze” by Holbein, the Younger

Nancy, as "The Infanta Mariana of Austria" by Diego Velázquez

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