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The Messages of Linda Persson

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Abstract

Works of creative expression speak to us in an idiom that is nowhere quite the same. Culturally alert artists will tend to situate their individual statements within the wider context of art history, and of history at large, by alluding to famous works from the past, or referring to public events that we are likely to recall. Autistic creators, on the other hand, may be expected to ignore the cultural heritage and the great fund of shared information of their community. Given that they are psychologically distanced from the majority of other people, and enjoy only a limited dialogue with their immediate carers, they must develop an idiom—or more precisely an idiolect—that derives from their unusual way of seeing things, a vision conditioned by autistic perception and understanding. Such a private world is bound to diverge fundamentally from our habits of social and aesthetic recognition.

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Spontaneous Alternative Public Event Creative Expression Famous Work Great Fund 
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© Alice Wexler 2012

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