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Autism in the Trenches

Kiri Salazar's avatar Kiri Salazar

Autism in the Trenches is a journal entry on the challenges of parenting a child on the autism spectrum and the difficulties he has navigating a world not built for him. The artwork required a lot of letting go—letting go of expectation and perfection. In art, as in parenting, I learned to allow mistakes to co-exist with intention. The torn and layered paper is an homage to my son, who tears strips of paper as a self-soothing activity. This piece contains fragments of the truth from the perspective of a mom who is fighting to navigate the minefields of autism. This is my version of ugly crying in art form. As the poem says, "There are no victors. There will be no survivors. Unless I surrender completely to the pain of what is and make peace with what will never be.” This work is to be auctioned off and the proceeds raised will be donated to A.S.K. (Autism Support of Kent County.)

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2"
  • Medium: Decoupage
  • Width: 3 ' x 3 '
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 3 ' x 3'