Outlet for creative self-expression


‘Flowers Abstraction 1’ by Ng Chee Ming.

NINE autistic artists between the ages of 12 and 33 are exhibiting their artworks at a Kuala Lumpur mall in conjunction with Autism Awareness Month.

Exhibition curator and local artist Philip Wong said the goal of the art exhibition, titled “Impossible Possible”, was to introduce the artists and foster meaningful interactions.

“Art is the tool that these autistic individuals use to communicate since some may not be able to verbally express themselves,” he said.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain.

People with ASD may behave, communicate, interact and learn in ways that are different from others.

One of the artists, Ng Yi Shen, took inspiration from the Disney cartoon The Lion King to paint a series of drawings about a journey of self-discovery.

Yi Shen uses a storyboard technique for his paintings.Yi Shen uses a storyboard technique for his paintings.

“I used the storyboard technique to tell the story of a woman going through personal issues,” said the 33-year-old.

Yi Shen, who will be starting a new job as a human resources assistant next month, said he was also preparing for his first solo exhibition in November.

Neoh Yi Woon said painting helped her manage her emotions.

Neoh is inspired by comics and has worked as a volunteer teacher in a creative academy.Neoh is inspired by comics and has worked as a volunteer teacher in a creative academy.

“One of my artworks in the exhibition reflects my time as a volunteer teacher in a creative academy.

“The others feature one of my favourite comic characters,” said the 21-year-old.

Thasraveen Chandra Segaran, better known as Aveen, said he painted whenever he was bored and based on what he was feeling at that moment.

“Painting keeps me engaged. I have also given free art lessons to B40 children,” said the 23-year-old who is pursuing a diploma in logistics and supply chain management at a private college.

Thasraveen with his favourite painting of two cats looking at the moon and stars.Thasraveen with his favourite painting of two cats looking at the moon and stars.

“I like working with acrylic paint and doing pouring art; using watercolour doesn’t interest me.

“Some of my paintings have also been incorporated into fabrics such as scarves and featured in fashion shows,” he said.

Thasraveen, a part-time model and budding actor, added that his favourite piece from the exhibition depicted two cats looking at the moon and stars.

Lim Zi Xin, known as Shana, expressed a fondness for painting scenery using acrylic paint.

Lim’s paintings are colourful and usually depict scenery. Lim’s paintings are colourful and usually depict scenery.

“I also like to paint the sky, moon and night scenes.

“My paintings are very colourful because I love all colours,” said Lim, 20.

As a teacher, Wong said he allowed each artist to explore their preferred mediums, themes and art styles.

During the exhibition’s opening, visitors took the opportunity to engage with the featured artists and also had the chance to buy the artworks.

The exhibition is ongoing until April 30 on Level 3, GMBB, Jalan Robertson, off Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur. Viewing hours are 11am to 8pm daily.

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