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Art and Images in Psychiatry
October 2004

The Maze

Author Affiliations


Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2004;61(10):973. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.61.10.973

The inverted [burr] is I as a child, trapped painfullybetween two aspects of my father, the one I hated and the one I worshipped.1(p4)

William Kurelek (1927-1977) was the son of Ukrainian immigrants to Canadaand was raised on rural farms in Alberta and Manitoba. Unsuited to farm work,he bore the brunt of his father’s frustration in the difficult yearsof the Great Depression and felt contempt from his father about his lack ofmanliness. These experiences affected him deeply and led him to withdraw intohimself.2