Drawing Autism
Drawing Autism is a collection of artwork completed by individuals that are on the Autism Spectrum. Drawing Autism celebrates the artists’ self-expression while also serving as an entry point into understanding how ASD manifests in different individuals. Autism is knows as a “spectrum disorder” because no two diagnoses are exactly the same; however, there are characteristic traits of ASD. The drawings, paintings, and collages from the international contributors exhibit unique perspectives on how the artists’ see the world and their places in it. 

The book is divided into 7 seven chapters – Interaction, Individual and Societal; Repetition, Repetition, Repetition; Getting From Here to There; Bird’s Eye View; Another World; It’s All History; Art for Art’s Sake – which speak to common characteristics of ASD. Also included are interviews with the artists (or their family members if they are unable to answer questions), so the reader can come to better understand the artists’ inspiration for their work. 

Drawing Autism all started about ten years ago. I was working with an adult, that is diagnosed with ASD, that created wonderful drawings, his artwork served as a great leisure activity for him and also as a great way for him to increase his social interactions with others, as he loved being praised for his work. The artist’s work was hung on my refrigerator and friends and family would always comment on how interesting his art was. I came to realize that there had not been a published collection of artwork completed by individuals on the spectrum and thus began Drawing Autism. 

The first edition of the book was published by Mark Batty Publisher in 2009 and the second edition was published by Akashic Books in 2014. If you would like to purchase the book, you can go online and buy it from the publisher Akashic Books. You can also purchase the book by going into your favorite local bookstore, and if they do not have it on hand, they can always order a copy for you.

Jill Mullin