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.

 

My Twitter: https://twitter.com/daydreaming0318
My Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhisperingWingsLLC (enter 3RDFREE to receive your third card for free!)

 

Mahibur Rahman

Three images: first is a brown and tan bird on a branch, second is a purple and blue car, and third is a black and white car. All three images are slicked with feathery features.

 

Artist Notes:

My style of work is constantly evolving by observing our Ever-Expanding-Changing-Mysterious Universe and as humans do best: ‘manipulate’ those existing elements into something alternatively new – Picturing THE UNSEEN – in a constructive, atomic matter.

Drawing for me is like writing fluently, It helps relieve my stress and unleashes the Power of Dyslexia – Not a disadvantage after all, ai?

Surely ‘Signs’ of There Being a Creator of Everything is Clear.’

TWO

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our second issue of NeurodivergART!

Spring is here and along with the change of seasons comes growth: flowers blooming, seedlings unfurling, sun shining late into the evening.

In accordance with that, we have grown, too, since our first issue. We have made a few changes with our submissions guidelines, namely that we now accept previously published material.

Everyone on the NeurodivergART staff spends quite a bit of time on social media and blog sites, interacting with other neurodivergent artists. We see beautiful work that we would like to reprint in our magazine. So, we examined our mission statement again: To create a magazine from and for neurodivergent artists. To offer a submissions process that is straightforward and succinct.

Many literature and art magazines require works that have not been published elsewhere. This can include blogs, online shops, and social media pages. Our decision to accept that work deviates from the typical approach. But we are not typical and embrace our divergence with gusto.  

This decision to accept previously published work can make a big difference to the neurodivergent artists who support themselves with their art. We can be another venue to showcase that work. We also include links to sites per your request, including those very blogs, online shops, and social media pages. We are here to support you and your endeavors.

And remember:

 

So …

Please enjoy, please submit, and please share.

Thank you and with warmest regards,

Saraswati Chand
April 2019

FEATURED ARTISTS

Mahibur Rahman

Michiko Ozu

 

S. Evans

I STIM

Light falling on leaves and flowers

Swimming Sun I

 

Light falling on leaves and flowers

Swimming Sun II

 

Sunlight sending rays over mountains and desert

Stretching Sun

 

Artist Notes:

“I Stim” is a play on words — “Eye Stim” and, quite often, “Aye, Stim!” — because I visually stim, most often with natural light. This series has many photographs that I carry with me for stimming purposes when such light is unavailable. 

“Swimming Sun I & II” are my attempts to capture the movement of light as it reflects off water and onto foliage. The leaves are densely layered and as the light swishes over them, I sense it both tactilely and musically . The little dark caverns behind the leaves are magical and mysterious.

When I look at “Stretching Sun”, I can feel the sunlight reaching for and falling over me. I can smell the dry, desert air. I can hear birds chirping, leaves rustling. The sun is warm and gentle on my skin.

It can be hard to describe the sensations of visual stimming. I hope my photographs give viewers some of that pleasurable experience.

 

 

Lynne Hollingsworth

The Cat on the Fence

I’m the cat on the fence
who wonders which way to go?
I’m the cat on the fence.
People are calling from both sides.
I’m the cat on the fence.
I’m just trying to be me.
I’m the cat on the fence
who observes everything…
I’m the cat on the fence
who just wants somewhere to fit.
I’m the cat on the fence
who is stuck on the fence and can’t come down.
I’m the cat on the fence.
I’m just trying to be the person I was meant to be.
I’m the cat on the fence
who wonders who sees me?
I’m the cat on the fence.
Why do people walk past and stare?
I’m the cat on the fence.
Who really cares?
I’m the cat on the fence.
Mum tries to change me and grow me up.
I’m the cat on the fence
who just wants to be seen for who I am!
I’m the cat on the fence
who wore a scuba divers outfit as a mask for twenty-odd years.
I’m the cat on the fence
who has never fitted in the boxes.
I’m the cat on the fence
who tries to please everyone by mimicking others behaviour.
I’m the cat on the fence
why can’t someone understand?
I’m the cat on the fence
and this is how I’ve been for a very long time!
I’m the cat on the fence
and this is where I will always be as I don’t belong anywhere.

— Lynne Hollingsworth

Artist Notes:

I’m near 30, I was diagnosed with other difficulties but my ASD wasn’t picked up until August 13. In this time I’ve had a lot to think about and learn. I work as a midday supervisor for an autistic unit and help run a Rainbows unit [Girl Guides] both of which I love. 


This piece is important to me as I wrote it during a period of burnout after being diagnosed, it explains my analogy of being different and wearing a mask to hide behind. It helps me to understand where I have always been and I expect other readers will understand in some way, especially if they were diagnosed later on in life. 

ONE

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our first issue of NeurodivergART!

We are excited and honored to share the talents of neurodivergent artists with the world.

For too long, other people have used art as a means of speaking about or for us. Why? There are so many neurodivergent artists out there in so many fields! We are creative and hard-working and expressive.

I have been submitting query/cover letters for over two decades. I recently realized that for every one letter I send, my neurotypical colleagues send about twenty. I conferred with them and confirmed that, yes, we are following the same steps:

1). Writing a template letter.
2). Researching the agent/editor.
3). Personalizing the template to the agent/editor.
4). Submitting the letter.
5). Noting in a spreadsheet when to expect a response or (if no response for declined submissions, as is often the case) when to mark the piece as not accepted.
6). Repeat steps 1-5.

Somehow, though, my pace is about twenty times slower than theirs!

I spend hours researching each agent/editor, trying to connect in a handful of words. This feels like small talk and does not come naturally to me at all. I check and recheck my math to compute dates for my submissions spreadsheet. I struggle with the openendness of “no response unless the work is accepted.”

I wondered if my submission rate was related to my neurodivergence.

I conferred with the neurodivergent art community. Sure enough, though the reasons are diverse, we always came back to the same conclusion: The submissions process can be exceptionally daunting for neurodivergent artists. That means, even though there are agents and editors seeking neurodivergent voices, the accessibility is not easy.

Thus, NeurodivergART, was born. Our mission: To create a magazine from and for neurodivergent artists. To offer a submissions process that is straightforward and succinct.

Every month, we will feature one (1) to three (3) artists. The genre and subject matter may vary, but the mission will always remain the same.

Please enjoy, please submit, and please share.

Thank you and with warmest regards,

Saraswati Chand
March 2019

FEATURED ARTISTS

Lynne Hollingsworth

S. Evans