A textured stop-motion journey through the progression of the disease.

Art, with its capacity for expressing in abstract form experiences and emotions too complex or confusing to name explicitly, has proven itself a powerful medium for exploring mental health issues -- from artist Bobby Baker's diary drawings of borderline personality disorder to children's illustrations of what it's like to have autism. Now comes Undone, a beautiful and bittersweet stop-motion film by animator Hayley Morris, inspired by her grandfather, which captures with tender abstraction the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

A behind-the-scenes look at Morris's production setup and sketches:

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