"Men have called me mad, but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence - whether much that is glorious - whether all that is profound- does not spring from disease of thought."



These were the words of Edgar Allan Poe, a famous American writer and poet. But there was more to Poe than great literature - he suffered from manic depression. It seems that artists - whether painters, writers or musicians - deal with a great share of melancholy. Is the tie between creativity and mental illness more than just a sterotype or coincidence?



This project, designed and completed by Christine Cusatis, attempts to answer this question through a look at relevant research, historical examples and scientific evidence.