In honor of April as Autism Awareness Month, Seven Sisters Gallery, is proud to be showing the marvelous art of KJ Swan. Growing up in a large family, the youngest of six, KJ struggled with the challenges of an undiagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“Mine was not a happy childhood. Not too unusual for a child with undiagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder. Being the youngest of six for many years, my siblings happily doled out a full range of sibling rivalry antics. “
“… as an adult, there came a time to address issues and out popped these characters. Like a secret code, each costumed mutt has both obvious and hidden symbols of their character and their clothing. Pretty soon I was having fun with my family in a way that I never had before.
“And so it began…just a few funny critters which quickly blossomed into a full-blown romance with colorful costumed characters representing various members of my rather large family. It was easy for me to see their personalities being expressed through the animals I chose…
Originally a therapeutic exercise to explore childhood issues, these expressions of acrylic on canvas, wood and paper have grown and taken on a life of their own.
My paintings have taught me that life, for me, is truly a matter of insanity with style.”