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Alexxander

When your enemy's old and afraid of you, you’ll discover that the monster you were running from is the monster in you.

With over 60 paintings, this series tells the story of a teenager struggling with schizophrenia; turning him against his mother. As we follow his journey through the New York subway, we discover what led to the sudden disappearance of his mother.

Concept, Illustration, Photography | Edmund Liang
Mentors | Richard Keyes

Sketch found in Alexxander's diary

Sketch found in Alexxander's diary

Investigators keep finding sketches of what looked like two fish one on top of the other.

Entry from Alexxander's diary

Entry from Alexxander's diary

Alexx’s doctor asked him to record a journal of his thoughts.

Vision of His Mother's Blood

Vision of His Mother's Blood

Alexx explains that he’s constantly haunted by a scene of his mother’s blood pouring out of a washer.

The Dream Part 1

The Dream Part 1

Alexx finds himself in the middle of the street in his neighborhood in NYC. He finds a polaroid that leads him into the subways.

Subconscious

Subconscious

Alexx reaches into his dreams.

Psychiatric Ward

Psychiatric Ward

In his dream, Alexx finds himself underwater in his hospital.

 Dream Part 2

Dream Part 2

Alexx wanders deeper and deeper through the subway stations only to find each station to be less and less recognizable. He eventually ends up at his hospital.

The Other Alexxander

The Other Alexxander

Alexx finds a copy of himself in his dream.

Cured

Cured

The Other Alexxander heals Alexxander.

Stained

Stained

Alexx looks down at his hands to see them covered in his own blood. Those paper sailboats he used to fold with his mother.

Another Dimension

Another Dimension

Alexx climbs through an over-sized picture frame.

J Train Stop

J Train Stop

This is not what Alexx remembered the station to look like.

 Dream Part 3

Dream Part 3

Alexx eventually wakes up again to find himself back at home only to discover what he has done.

Patient No. 4833

Patient No. 4833

The hospital bed he stayed in. His mother would keep a jar full of paper sailboats they’ve folded together.

Field of Paper Sailboats

Field of Paper Sailboats

Alexx’s mother used to remind him, “Alexx, the more of these you fold, the more of the pain they’ll take away”.

To The Next Stop

To The Next Stop

Alexx takes to the sky.

The Playbook

The Playbook

I usually like to make a tactile version of a project — in this case, a playbook. Inside it has accordion folds of the 60+ paintings, script, and Alexxander’s mock-investigation and case files.