Circle of Friends: Autism and the Social Life
In observance of Autism Awareness Month, Project Onward presents an exhibition of paintings and drawings by autistic artists whose work addresses the complexities of interpersonal relationships. While Autism Spectrum Disorder can cause social anxiety and isolation, even from family members, visual art provides a unique platform for artists with autism to openly explore issues of the heart.
Project Onward artists Stephon Doby and Louis DeMarco both use the creative process to invent alternate versions of themselves and the world around them. With his series of "Peaches" drawings, David Holt employs the lyrics of sentimental pop songs to express his romantic longings. Adam Hines remembers everyone he’s ever met and considers each of them a friend, as evidenced by drawings crowded with people he has encountered. Circle of Friends captures the anxiety, disappointment, and hopefulness that the social life represents, not only for those on the autism spectrum, but for everyone longing to connect.