It’s fitting that my first blog post on my new website would coincide with moving into a new studio in a new city.
Two months ago I left my little house in my quiet beach town and moved to Memphis, TN all in the name of love. Supposedly love makes people do things like this all the time. In short, it has been difficult. I underestimated the time it would take to transition into life here. Unfortunately, though somewhat comically, taking on more than I can handle is a re-occurring theme in my life. I have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (formerly known as Asperger’s syndrome.) In my efforts to keep up with the nuerotypical pace of the world, I frequently find myself in over my head and retreating, quite literally, into the closet.
The last two months have been an experience that only someone who has an ASD or lives with a person on the spectrum can fully understand. Though perhaps this website will offer insight into the often invisible lives of women on the autism spectrum even as publishing it helps ground me in a world I can’t fully understand.
Transitions are hard. Yet here I am, in the studio, making beautiful drawings, writing poetry, and seeking out community in a tumultuous city.
I don’t know where this new work will take me; however, I am certain a larger theme will present itself in time. For the moment I am simply relieved to be re-discovering my studio practice and, in the process, myself.
Also, I’m pretty stoked to be playing with gold spray paint!