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kippy- arienne body - Color illustration of a blue creature snorkeling in bathtub. The character design has playful long ears along with a bundle of eyeballs. The character wears a snorkeling mask and two blue feet stick out from the bath water.

“Kippy”

Artist: Arienne Boley, Beverly
Description: 12” x 16” illustration. For this piece, I created a character design to help bring awareness to Autism and SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder). I was inspired by my younger brother who I have learned so much from. One thing he does to relax from his sensory overload is snorkeling in the bathtub. This acts as a form of comfort as the overwhelming senses melt away for him.

Artist Statement: This colorful caricature is a character design to bring awareness to SPD. Those with SPD have senses which are either over-responsive or under-responsive, resulting in behavior correlated with what is going on in their body. Sensory processing differences may present as barriers to learning and also to social and relationship areas in the following ways: definite sensitivity to specific sounds, smells, touch and movement. easily distracted by or seeking out specific sounds, smells, sights, touch and movements. Children with sensory processing disorder may have frequent meltdowns or tantrums, often misunderstood by others and labeled as “bad” behavior. My younger brother has SPD and one of the ways he breaks the overwhelming onslaught of his senses is a bubble bath. This Illustration captures the moment of his release from the overload. The character design has playful long ears because of the heightened hearing. Along with a bundle of eyeballs to represent the enhanced sight. I chose the color blue for him because it is the symbol for autism, which he and many others who have SPD also have. As with other disabilities, SPD and Autism often result in being misunderstood and carry a negative stigma. My desire is to use my artwork to express how people with disabilities are different, not less.

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