Im currently constructing a piece made from different textures and fabrics and crocheting them together. This will form part of the body of work I am doing for ‘Touch’ which is art on the autistic spectrum.
All the pieces are being designed to be touched and explored with the hands as well as the eyes. This was born out of the frustration of my autistic son going to exhibitions and not being allowed to touch anything. My son is under-sensed and seeks sensory experiences, its an important part of how he experiences the world around him, this can be the same for other people with a sensory impairment, learning difficulty or alike.
I totally understand that if artists work was handled all the time it would be inappropriate but not if the work is designed to be touched, smelt and in Joel’s case even tasted?