I Am 37 years old and from manchester UK and have a range of conditions that both impact and limit my art as well as flavour it in a positive way-classic autism and communication impaired (i use proloquo2go), learnnign disability, heavy restraint spinal injured-physical disability, two forms of epilepsy….
….randomly striking severe chronic vertigo-often putting a stop to me being able to go anywhere,acute anxiety-as part of my autism which leads to severe challenging behaviors, major depressive disorder since young childhood-but lack of depression diagnosis till age 25 due to being non verbal, severe visual processing difficulties etc-all of my conditions both limit and flavour my art- so it kind of cancels itself out and i see it as neither good nor bad,and instead its a way to express myself.
I have done compact digital photography, DSLR photography and traditional art for well over 20 years, and ceramic modelling-at venture arts. its took me years to even acept nice comments about my work because the rest of it has been brutal comments.
my art is rarely technical or complex although some of my works like my hand drawn or ceramics catfish, and my japanese anime mecha robot which i did when i was 17 years old and havent uploaded here (its on lined paper as i had no acess to anything else at my parents house at the time) were complex detail. i mostly do art because it helps me deal with processing what i think and its therapy.
as much as i hate it im about to swap from DSLR to a high end smart phone (in the end ive chosen a motorola edge 20 pro,as the camera is amazing) for photography due to my severe peripheral neuropathy i am unable to hold my heavy DSLR camera for long enough to take shots anymore and i find tripods to fidly to put out,especialy with being a manual wheelchair user.
I like to do any form of art as it makes me happy and stops me focusing on feelings or things going on. if i am to dizzy to do traditional art OR if i dont have any paper,canvas etc to hand i have my gaming laptop and my adobe package so i do digital art a lot. It all also acts as a form of communication for me-i do art therapy once a week with a art therapist to process and communicate how i am inside.
i really enjoy doing art,in the same way i need to breathe-it gets out how im feeling inside,it bypasses my lack of understanding of these feelings and lets people who understand me well read how im feeling.its also expresion and freedom for me.
I woud really love to make other arty friends on outside in….so whoever you are, please just message me/comment to me if you ever want a chat or make friends.