A beautiful mind
A beautiful mind by MARIE CLAIRE/FEBRUARY 2012.
This post is the summary after reading the article about autistic artist, Katie Miller.
"Being autistic has affected my vision of the world, which has affected my art," she says.
"I notice different things than other people do, about color, shape, and pattern."
Miller's astounding draftsmanship, and her ability to paint with almost photographic quality, may be related to her autism.
Though scientists and doctors can't quite explain it, many with the condition have incredible math, music, or artistic talents.
Some experts speculate it may have something to do with the obsessive, repetitive behaviors that children with autism develop—they tend to "practice" their craft more intensely and with greater focus than other children.
"I owe my painting to a lifetime of focus," explains Miller. "I had a bit of natural ability but mostly an intense interest and drive.
I wasn't drawing amazing things when I was a little kid. But I drew a lot,a lot, a lot. I kept at it more than most."
Her autism also makes her acutely sensitive to overstimulation, which
triggers a reaction called "slimming"—rocking back and forth or humming, for example.
To some, autism is an undesirable glitch in the complicated wiring of the brain; the neurodiversity crowd speculates that, in fact, some of history's most successful and creative people had autism. (Bill
Gates and Albert Einstein are often name-checked, though neither has ever been confirmed to have had it.) As such, the condition should be nurtured, not isolated, and treated.
I don't have autism—I'm autistic. In the same way you wouldn't say you have femaleness, you'd say you are a woman
Miller explains, as she tidies up her parents' two-car garage, which she converted into a studio. In recent years, she's moved on from newborns.
Myungja Anna Koh