I am 28 years old I have Asperger’s syndrome and a few other mental health issues such as Anthropophobia (an extreme, pathological form of shyness and agoraphobia, I also have BDD and synaesthesia, which actually helps with my colour selection.
I do not thrive in company or enjoy social situations, you will not see me at gallery opening quaffing champagne and merrily engaging in small talk. I will not do interviews or photo shoots, preferring to allow my work to speak for itself.
My art work is precise, clean and bright and appeals to my Autistic nature.
I have defined my work as ‘Autistic Abstraction’ as there are no other categories that exactly fit what I am creating.
I create work that is about order, clean lines and triangles of colour, previous artists have used the triangle in their work but usually it’s with a perfusion of shape and colour displayed in a chaotic way. I not only use the shape itself but the space around and between the shape, to give it more visual impact.
I grew up surrounded by art, watching my artist father create large abstract paintings, these works often troubled me because the lines were never precise and clean enough and colour was piled on top of colour so to me it looked painful, jumbled and chaotic. When I attempted to create my own work, my father would criticise it, calling it ‘unworthy of praise’ It wasn’t until my father’s death that I felt safe enough to once again start to create my own work.
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