Painting Is My Therapy
Painting is my Therapy
This is a story that I am compelled to tell. It is my family’s journey… it is many families’ journey.
My son has Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Knowing that your child is not, and never will be, what is considered ‘normal’ is very confronting and frightening.
Painting has become my therapy, my vessel through which to feel what he feels, to attempt to understand his world in the hope that answers will present themselves. Using a highly stylised version of myself, the artworks unfold through my eyes and tell his stories. I employ an arsenal of materials and techniques in the creation of these large-scale artworks. The textured surfaces fuse materials such as bitumen, shellac, gyprock plaster, wood panelling, paper doilies, gap filler, lemon juice, wood tints, builder’s tape and text. They are used along side traditional mediums of inks and acrylic paints.
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