In 1998, my 3-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a syndrome often associated with autism. As a visual artist, one way I coped with the grim reality of her diagnosis was to construct a visual record of our daily struggle. Each day for 10 years I created one small collage. These intricately fashioned pieces are now ordered in a grid that spans 100 feet of wall space. It is my fervent hope that engaging with this “visual diary” in a public place will draw people into deeper understanding of autism’s profound impact. Autism: A Visual Journey invites viewers to personally experience the dislocation and fragmentation that characterize the disorder. They can return over and over to explore its 3,650 intriguing collages that chronicle the losses shared by all who are touched by autism.
Every April, businesses, schools and other institutions in more than 90 nations participate in the “Light It Up Blue” campaign to focus public attention on autism. The art installation Autism: A Visual Journey offers a corporation, university, hospital, or museum the opportunity to participate in the campaign in an engaging, powerful way to help build awareness of this devastating neurological disorder.
Would you join the effort coordinated by the nonprofit agency Autism Speaks, and be so generous as to “Light It Up Blue” next April by dedicating public space to display this art installation?