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Steampunk Art - Obadiah Theremin, MD

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"Obadiah Theremin, MD" and his story have just been published in "Steampunk II: Reloaded", an anthology of short stories and other wonderful things edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer. Check it out here:

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This 5” x 7” collage depicts the unfortunate Dr. Theremin wearing his formidable headgear. I constructed it upon a hand painted canvas board adorned with arcane images. Embellished with an embossed photo matte, photo corners and Dresden trim, this piece features goggles that are (gently) moveable, tiny screw brads and a working antiqued brass spinner. Backed with lovely art paper, signed and fitted with hanging hardware, this piece does not require a frame to hang. Story below!

Obadiah Theremin, MD

Say what you will about Dr. Theremin, but there can be no question that the man was a dedicated clinician. Most psychiatrists rely on pills and talk to treat their patients, but since Obadiah saw the most hopeless of cases, he saw no harm in going that extra mile. Postulating that disturbed thoughts, like hot air, tend to rise only to precipitate misery upon their hosts, the good Dr. Theremin fitted himself with a device of his own invention that funneled the offending thoughts through a mysterious centrifuge and directly into his own cerebral cortex where he could process them thoroughly with his own unimpeachable sanity. Offending byproducts would pass harmlessly, he theorized, out of the handy faucet he implanted in his left ear, or could be simply exhaled with his pipe smoke – simple! In addition, those plagued by tortuous indecision could present their quandary to him at which point one or the other side of his forked beard would curl slightly at the tip, providing the querent with a definitive response. Meanwhile, his patented Mood-O-Meter hummed eerily on his desk, its needle spinning wildly to indicate his patient’s current state.
Okay, it’s true that he was eventually committed himself, the protective goggles he swore by notwithstanding, but among the seriously deranged, he remains a legendary favorite.

This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2009. Copyright to this material is in no way transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!

Steampunk Art - Obadiah Theremin, MD


  • Materials: canvas board, acrylic, art tissue, ink, art paper, vintage images, photo matte, photo corners, brad, spinner
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