Michiko Ozu

A pilot bear flying a book with several images in a thought-cloud, including letters, animals, and vehicles. Text is "My wish ascends to the sky. Laughter dances along with the wind."

Pilot Junior

Sketch of two hands holding. Text is "Until the end of the world, I'll give you my love."

Holding Hands (Sketch)

 

Orange cat looking out blue window with pink floral curtains. Text is "Even though I don't know what is tomorrow Maybe you will smile at me in a bright new world."

Cat in Window

 

Artist Notes:

Being neurodivergent helps me with creating poetry and art because I feel very deeply, with passion and with all my heart. I think primarily in images and find patterns and connections between things that are unrelated to most people. My brain is like a camera that’s recording everything 360. I can manipulate objects in my brain very easily, turn it around and see it in different angles. It makes reading and language very difficult because words are 2D. Since I have dyslexia and a very a short attention span (ADHD), my poetry is short but I think it captures the whole picture. The negative sides of being neurodivergent are feeling lonely and disconnected from people. I started drawing and writing poetry at age 6 because I didn’t share the same interests as other children and had no friends. I did not really have any training in art school or poetry. I only spend 1 year learning art and poetry in an academic setting. Otherwise, I am self taught.

I’m always longing for a world where we accept and stop discriminating against people whose brains are wired differently. I’m yearning for a society where we are more gentle, empathetic, and sensitive with each other. We cannot deny the existence of anger, anxiety, social injustice, etc but attacking people aggressively through the use of art will not change things. It will only fuels violent behaviors/thinking toward each other. There are better and beautiful ways to get people’s attention on what’s hurting. We need to start using our imagination and stop with the simple ugly expressions such as “f*** you, *f*** this, f*** that, f*** everything” We need to protect children from losing their imagination and we need more adults to start thinking out of the box again. Logic cannot change or improve the world. New and different ideas will.

 

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