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PORTRAITS BY AN AUTISM MUM

Much of the WHY to my work is a drive to tell a story and raise awareness of a subject which plays a big part in my family's life, Autism

My son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the age of four. Six years on and I am still learning and understanding about ASD through the creative process of drawing, whether that be through our collaborative project 'Frankendrawings' or working out concepts through my own portraits (in the series 'How to Better Understand Your Child with Special Needs'). 

I hope my work gives you and insight and understanding into some of the challenges but also some of the joys that are in my family's everyday life. 

 

FRANKENDRAWINGS

A MOTHER AND SON COLLABORATION. BRINGING OUR VIEWS OF THE WORLD TOGETHER THROUGH ART.

Communication has always been a challenge with my son, as he does live in his own head by his own agenda for the most part. He had shown little interest in art, the act of picking up a pencil seeming pointless. That was until the 12th January 2021! Another day of lockdown and an attempt to pass 5 minutes with their Crayola felt tips, turned into a whole afternoon. Tapping into his intense interest of tv/film characters, it finally clicked that he could reproduce these images himself. I cannot describe the joy I felt that afternoon. Something that seems so mundane to the outside world was a momentus occasion in our house, a landmark stage in his development and a love of something that we could share together. 

As the ever proud mum I wanted to showcase his achievements and encourage him to continue and develop. I felt compelled to combine my drawings with his to create something unique together and enter his world, from there Frankendrawing's was born!

 
 

HOW TO UNDERSTAND YOUR CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Learning how to relate to Autism, My Son and Myself

The title of this series was named after an online course that I was forwarded by CAHMS. After completing about 50% I was feeling I was just ticking boxes and going over the same things I had learnt from numerous courses and books before. At that point I thought what better way to explore the concepts and our feelings about Autism than through my art.