Mind Space

Posted on: May 3, 2019
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Neurodivergent: an approach to learning and disability that argues diverse neurological conditions are result of normal variations in the human genome.

"If you just focus, you should be able to understand. I don't understand that you don't understand it, you're smart enough."

Being unable to process is uncomfortable. This installation illustrates this discomfort with bright colors and text heavy layers, representing my experience of the world as someone who is neurodivergent. One of the main reasons I try to avoid the phrase ?mental health problems? is that being neurodiverse is not negative or a problem in and of itself. It is normal to not understand right away. If my brain was not wired the way it is, I would not be who I am today. When people look at my work, I want them to relate to my experiences and feel discomfort and anxiety themselves, even if they do not have the same experiences as me. With my mindspace replicated in this installation, I want people to understand.

Photos by Eli Parsons

Al Tomas

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BFA Alumni

Major: Printmaking

Graduation Year: 2019