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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Technical Dry plate tintype
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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
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