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30 August 2017 @ 07:11 am
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Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on August 30th, 2017 01:25 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, okay. Sorry to say, I don't think too much of this article, nor of the art presented to demonstrate the artistry of autistics. MOST of the autistic people I know are artists, artisans, musicians, writers and/or creative engineers, and the quality of work they produce is far higher than this unmarketable art-therapy stuff. Check out the art of S. Siobhan McElwee and Diana Denslow, to name just two.

Not that I mean to disrespect the artists who created the works presented. I draw and paint too, and I get a lot of satisfaction out of it, even though my art is nothing anybody would ever pay to hang on their walls. The point of making art is making art, not making money. That said, it's disrespectful to present amateur art-therapy art in this breathless "Look! Autistics can actually do something!" style, when the arts community is swarming with autistic artists actually supporting themselves by their incredible art.

Of course, there's also this: artists capable of supporting themselves by making art are not likely to make a 'talking point' of their autism, precisely because this sort of condescension is so ubiquitous. "Aww, she created something with her own special brain!" This isn't the damn Special Olympics where everybody gets a prize just for showing up - judge art by its quality, not by prejudiced assumptions about the brain of the artist.

(Sorry for all the edits; my typing is sketchy today.)

Edited at 2017-08-30 04:31 pm (UTC)