The brief for this personal project was to provide distraction from the various symptoms – felt and presumed – brought on by somatic symptom disorder, or hypochondria, while also bringing awareness of the disorder to those who know little about it. The aim was to show people how hypochondriacs feel – like every sensation and symptom is multiplied tenfold, creating a web of imaginary illnesses.
I used layered paper illustrations of the various organs to create anatomical illustrations with as much depth as possible. To show the connection between each organ, the paper pieces were woven and overlapped, creating a 3D effect. Using a fixed colour scheme and a simple anatomical illustration style helped make the pieces readable, as well intricate.