Works by artist Emma Thorp chronicle the artists' personal journey from the birth of her son, through hospitalization, continuing therapies and diagnosis with Autism and ADHD.
It presents an honest look into the effects upon the family unit. It also celebrates the joy that comes with exposure to an Autistic mind. By illustrating her memories, Emma allows a glimpse into a world that can often be very insular, private and all-consuming.
"It is my hope that with this exhibition I can give people a glimpse into the lives of families living with children who were premature and or who are requiring ongoing therapies and interventions in the continuing struggle to be as normal as possible. I would also like to honor the heroes in our community who work tirelessly alongside those families to ensure the best possible outcomes for the future" [Emma Thorp].
Exhibition catalogue including art work images and stories can be downloaded here. This project was supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund in partnership with Arts Queensland.
Image: The Resigned Baby 2017, Acrylic Paint and Prismacolor Coloured Pencil on Saunders Waterford 300g/m (490 x 670 mm). Image courtesy of the artist.