Having Autism can cause difficulties with social interactions and communication. For example, being unable to read social cues and body language, or not saying the right thing at the right time.
Autistic women considered ‘high functioning’ often learn from an early age through harm and shame to mask the apparently ‘deviant’ behavior caused by this condition.
We are doing our best to blend in, even when the social rules are unclear to us.
I invited other Autistic women into the studio and made portraits of them; women who – like me – received their diagnosis later in life. I gave the work an extra layer by masking the portraits with found packaging materials.