Kathleen Dugan

Autism Colors this World: paintings and drawings

The portraiture shown in this exhibition presents the view of a woman – artist, wife and a mother of twins – and how she copes with the parenting of an autistic child. Art historical references are visible within the work along with references to fairy tales and stories from the bible. The painted fantasy realm created is one of ambiguity and contradiction and illustrates the feelings parents encounter in raising children with autism: the joy and sorrow, the clarity and the confusion, the accomplishment and frustration.