PETER: I think I’ve been confused. (3×21, “The Last Sam Weiss”)
A fugue state is a rare psychiatric disorder characterized by reversible amnesia for personal identity, including the memories, personality and other identifying characteristics of individuality. The state is usually short-lived (ranging from hours to days), but can last months or longer. Dissociative fugue usually involves unplanned travel or wandering, and is sometimes accompanied by the establishment of a new identity. After recovery from fugue, previous memories usually return intact, but there is typically amnesia for the fugue episode. Fugues are usually precipitated by a stressful episode.
There have been a handful of reported cases of fugue state suffered by people who were later found to have already been living for years in a false identity adopted after a previous fugue episode. (False identities upon false identities) This may indicate that fugue states are a psychological self-defense mechanism that can be repeated when the person is faced with extreme stress at different points in their life (such as being kidnapped as a child?)
Here is an example of working on something a little longer than necessary! I wanted to create a collage of drawn images – the Machine, a “realistic” portrait of Peter, and a line drawing of Peter – and so I worked on each one, spending a lot of time on the portrait in particular. As it happened, when the time came to assemble the collage, I found I didn’t really need the portrait to be prominent. In fact, I could have used a photograph or screenshot and have gotten the same effect. So that was an hour of limited time lost. And the component I spent the least time on – a quick sketch of Peter standing – turned out to be most important to the composition after all.
Done in Procreate and Sketchbook Ink (the Machine), with filters by iColorama.