Mother and daughter bare all at MEAC

By Morgan Dyer

A local mother and daughter duo have pulled down their internal walls and put their most intimate life moments up for display at the Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre.

Although the women remain anonymous, their artworks reveal more than a name ever could.

The women said the multimedia artworks reflected their journeys as autistic women.

“We like to be individual and lead our own way in everything we do,” the daughter, who wanted to be known as Fan, said.

“You can’t really control us,” she said.

And even though the mother and daughter share similar ideas, the displays are far from alike.

The mother’s works are particular and traditional, using fine pencil lines.

They were created during her time recovering from alcoholism and breast cancer.

While her daughter's use of multimedia textures is modern and loud.

The works’ bases are also abstract, made of recycled materials such as window finishings.

However, the works are brought together with the mother's recent experiments with abstract art and the daughter's use of picture frames to display some of her pieces.

The duo would like their project to change the narrative for autistic people and promote "natural learning".

Throughout both their lives, the women said they had been told to conform to society, which for a long time stifled their true personalities.

However, the duo said the works truly reflected who they really were.

“I’ve told stories about my friendships, relationships, how society sees us and how people see us as a medical model not a social model,” Fan said.

“Our culture is individual.

“We like to choose our environments, change our home life, choose our tribe which suits us so we are thriving in a calm and natural way,” she said.

Each work is displayed with a personal written story.

The women are also interested in planning an artist talk about autism and the autistic culture, with details to be announced on @FANofROARHEART Facebook page.

The works are free to view and will be on display until late March.

For more information contact MEAC on 5825 1774

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