Cheyenne Eberstadt’s Senior Project


Mapping the Anatomy of a Faulty Circuit: An Exploration of Obsession

Student: Cheyenne Eberstadt
Mentor: Kenneth Sacks
Domains: Science/Media/Visual Arts
Faculty Grader: Therese Lichtenstein

Project Description:

For my senior project I address the postulations and knowledge on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder through six art pieces, as well as an online/interactive catalog. My own experience with OCD has propelled my interest for this disorder, and is the basis around my studies. The art pieces encompass three themes within the disorder, each theme brought to life with two of the works. The interactive catalog acts as an information-hub containing my independent research as well as experiences during a speculative apprenticeship with a neurologist at NYU.


Exhibition & Presentation Summary


East Hampton Star Interview 



Works Consulted

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