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AUTISM A Visual Journey

Ann Vincenti-Michelman's avatar Ann Vincenti-Michelman

When her 3-year-old daughter was diagnosed with autism, one way Ann Vincenti-Michelman coped was by assembling one tiny collage nearly every day. Over 10 years, she created 3,650. Ordered in a grid 5’h x 100’w, the collages constitute an intense “visual diary” that chronicles isolation, helplessness, and shared loss. This work expands viewers' understanding of autism's impact by experientially immersing them in the fragmentation that characterizes the disorder. Just as the artist and her daughter moved through real time in the tumultuous years over which this work was created, viewers move along the plane and try to piece together meaning. The collages are grouped in 31 thematic panels that function like pages of a book—some playful, others forboding. Techniques employed include painting, drawing, calligraphy, photography, weaving with textiles and with metal, and needlework. Dimensionality and the interplay of textures and shadows are integral features. http://autismavisualjourney.com

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 2''
  • Medium: collage/assemblage
  • Width: 100 ft
  • Year created: 2008
  • Height: 5 ft