(Not) For Your Viewing Pleasure
Artist’s Statement: I haven’t known I’m autistic for very long. But I’ve begun to reflect on my life with this new knowledge. Autism is a great thing, but I view it as disabling as well. Yes, I can do everyday things “normal people” can do, but I do it with great difficulty. It’s always too overwhelming or confusing, and my feelings of such get externalised by my stims or otherwise “off” behaviour, and people tend to notice these actions. This is what my piece draws upon. The sensation that I’m being constantly watched and judged, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. People have seen my stims as something funny and made fun of them while I become increasingly frustrated. I see things online where people with disabilities are only used to boost the popularity of another (abled) person. It feels like we’re put on display, and it isn’t a pleasant feeling. I wanted to express the feeling of powerlessness, of being viewed as an outsider, of needing to be compliant to things that make you uncomfortable. I did this in the way I’m most able to, through my art. I made this piece to give others a view into an experience that I live through everyday, and to help them think about the effect their actions can have on others.
About the Artist
Grey Turner is a 16 year old autistic artist, and a winner of the Perceptions International Art and Writing contest. They are currently working on furthering their artistic abilities in art and writing. Additionally, they are also very passionate about gardening and marine biology.