Mon, Jul 28, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Autistic artist's works on display

By Melody Chen  /  STAFF REPORTER

"He was always worried about being rejected by his classmates. Perhaps it was because his ability to express himself was not good enough or he expressed himself incorrectly," Lin's mother said.

When his classmates said something to him, Lin could not properly distinguish between teasing and criticism, said his mother.

When Lin was in junior high school, three girls in his class constantly bullied him. "They spit gum on him when he passed downstairs," Lin's mother recalled.

When Lin was a third grader in the primary school, an art teacher discovered his talent and began to teach him how to draw.

Lin is now a student at the Chin Min College's Department of Visual Communication Design.

In his current exhibition was a work named A Snowy County in the Subtropical Zone.

It was a room-sized three-dimensional work illustrating a dark sky lit with the moon and stars and a group of adults and children walking on the streets, which were covered with snow.

When asked why a subtropical country was snowy, Lin said the snow represented a state of mind.

"In the modern world, many people make friends because they can take advantage of each other. Such friendship is not sincere," Lin said.

Lin said he wanted to be an animator.

Chen Hsiu-fong (陳秀鳳), director of Taipei County Autistic Service Association, said it is difficult for autistic people to find jobs because they tend to have behavioral problems.

"Companies would rather hire the mentally retarded than autistic people because the former are more stable in terms of their emotions," Chen said.

"Autistic children's parents do not expect them to find well-paying jobs. They only wish their children can have stable jobs to support themselves," Chen said.

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