“’Everything around me inspires me to create art,’” says artist Kay Aitch. “’[It’s] the process of making marks, the feel of things, the seeing shapes and patterns in things.’”
is back, and promises even more cause to celebrate what Brain Pickings
calls “the vibrantly creative underbelly of autism.”
Published three years after the first edition, the expanded Drawing Autism
contains artistic expressions from over 50 children and graphic artists, each with some form of autism. Behavior analyst, educator, and editor Jill Mullin hopes to continue dispelling the stereotype that autism renders the mind as a machine capable of methodical or computational works to the exclusion of all else. The creative side of autism is often unacknowledged, misunderstood, or neglected.
“I sorted the work so that it provides an overview of the spectrum while celebrating the creative individuality of every single person on the spectrum,” Mullin noted
. “These themes and visual tendencies do speak to aspects of the diagnoses."
In addition to the artwork, many of the artists explain in their own words their inspirations and emotions when they were drawing.
Enjoy a couple of the drawings from the book, and see more
on the Brain Pickings site. Also check out the CNN iReport featuring parents and children talking about what autism means
Kay Aitch: Lost in Thought
Wil C. Kerner: Pals