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ERIC Number: EJ906445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Reflections on the Historical Narrative of Jessica Park, an Artist with Autism
Furniss, Gillian J.
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v27 n4 p190-194 2010
This viewpoint discusses the history of Jessica Park, a professional artist who is an adult with autism. The narrative was constructed from historical descriptive research conducted by the author using published accounts and interviews with the artist, her mother, and two childhood companions. Examples of artwork produced in elementary through high school reflect the young artist's unique thoughts, feelings, life experiences, and ways of understanding her world. The historical record shows that the ability to establish relationships with others based on the underlying presence of affect, on shared common interests, and on creative activity contributed significantly to the artist's developmental progress as a person with autism. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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