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Neurasthenia Number Three is a creation by the artist Susan Seubert. Category People, Portrait, Male, Photography, Large format film. Like many other artists whose work serves as a vehicle to investigate personal psychological processing, Seubert formulated…

Neurasthenia Number Three

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Like many other artists whose work serves as a vehicle to investigate personal psychological processing, Seubert formulated this body of work as a reaction to the events of September 11. The term neurasthenia evolved through several different statements of meaning, but during the late 1800's referred to a nervous condition suffered by men of high social standing. The condition, whose symptoms included pessimism, anxiety, and fatigue, was understood as the result of stress caused by urbanization and the pressures to succeed in a highly competitive business environment. Given that the World Trade Towers were a terrorist target precisely because they were an icon of capital pursuits, and because of the ways the world has changed since the attack, this series' title aptly captures the stresses introduced by this modern time. In creating the images for this series, Seubert found herself directly influenced by German artist Dieter Appelt, whose work often deals with the theme of anxiety. Additional inspiration came from the works of Francis Bacon who sought to reveal the truth of the individual through contorted portraiture. Seubert's work was further influenced by focus on the eyeball in the work of various surrealists. Though the anxiety and mental anguish investigated in "Neurasthenia" originated as Seubert's own, she used a male for the model of this series, stating, "I chose to use a man because when you couple the image of women with the idea of psychological distress you find you are talking about an entirely different thing."

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Equipment 4x5 camera
Technical Dry plate tintype
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Uploaded 15 August 2007 at 09:30pm
Created 1 October 2001 at 12:00am
Common feed 15 August 2007 at 09:30pm
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Selected by editors 5 February 2017 at 07:30pm
Selected Excellence 29 January 2017 at 01:19am
Artscore selection 29 January 2017 at 01:33am
Selected Visa 27 December 2015 at 02:46pm

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Ana Ribeiro Santos avatar
Ana Ribeiro Santos without reading the introduction i thought ' hey what a damn fine photo in here'. however i went on reading and i want to say that the author is absolutely right in the reason for not choosing a woman's face.
21 August 2007 at 11:50am
Mark Hamilton avatar
Mark Hamilton Haunting
19 May 2009 at 06:38am
Kerstin Stolzenburg avatar
Kerstin Stolzenburg Great work!
25 October 2017 at 05:06pm
Cornel Gingarasu avatar
Cornel Gingarasu impressive
30 November 2017 at 07:04am
Ewelina Labuda avatar
Ewelina Labuda love it
26 July 2018 at 10:12pm

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