This is my latest, and possibly last, cephalopod painting. It's called "Asperger's Syndrome." This is what I said about the painting when I posted it to deviantArt:
I am a woman with Asperger's Syndrome (a form of Autism), but like most women with AS, I went undiagnosed until just a few years ago. Finding out how this has shaped my life and experiences has been both liberating and painfully frustrating - since now I know that all these things that are "wrong" with me aren't ever going to go away.Like I said, I really am intrigued at how this causes me to reinterpret my previous stuff, which I personally thought was pretty cheery... until now. Although, it's like me to want to focus on the cuteness of my "monstrous" personality instead of the dark, painful side of it, which I very rarely talk about.
When I'm feeling really bad, I feel as I have shown here: part dummy/part puppet controlled by a giant monster that is scary despite being fairly well-intentioned. I feel like people often sense the monster lurking behind the puppet and its why they don't like being around me.
I have a feeling this will be the last cephalopod painting I make for myself (though I'm happy to do them for commissions and one already has shown up in my new set of mandalas). I think it throws all my other cephalopod paintings into a wildly different perspective... at least, it does for me.
So you should put that in your pipe and smoke it... all the way to seeing my Magical Cehapolopod show at the Westport Coffee House (4010 Pennsylvania Kansas City, Mo). It's only there until the end of July, so please stop by and let me know what you think! :)
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Wordless Wednesday: Magical Cephalopods
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