Autist Savant, 2017
11″x12″ for head (Dimensions Variable)
Ceramic and printmaking
Those with high functioning Autism (HFA) are often seen as “savants,” and despite good intentions, this is severely mystified and patronizing. The savant myth ties a person’s worth to the value that they contribute to society, and this ignores the experiences of lower functioning individuals. This perception, while not intended as discrimination, is likely due to a lack of experience with Autistic people. While activist organizations use the puzzle piece as a symbol for the “complexity and diversity of each individual,” I have used this motif to illustrate the feelings hidden within those who have difficulty expressing themselves emotionally. The aim of this artwork is to leave the viewer to ponder over how an Autistic individual feels about their place in the world.