This project was created for my Concept, Form, and Context class here at the University of Michigan. Our prompt was to create a project that is inspired by a mystery, whether it be the mystery of dreams or of a chance encounter. I chose to do my project on Creutzfelt-Jakobs Disease.
Many people have heard of Mad Cow Disease. However, most are unaware that this disease has different strains that affect different animals. The human strain, Creutzfeld-Jakobs Disease, is a debilitating disease that will develop spontaneously and without reason, however, it is by no means common and not many people are affected by it. Upon learning about this disease, I became very interested in it's epidemiology. With The Diseased State, I wanted to create a way to depict the symptoms of the disease and teach others about what CJD entails. Because this disease is not very common, I did not want to scare people by discussing the randomness and destructive force of the disease. To avoid this I purposefully avoided making the visual style of the project morbid and dark, and instead decided to go with something more light-hearted and open.