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“Autism: Mind and Body” by Joseph Connolly- Still life painting showing a meditating Ganesha, a blue pot with a green plant and an artist wooden model.

“Autism: Mind and Body”

Artist: Joseph Connolly, Rockland

Description: 29” x 23” Still life showing a meditating Ganesha, a blue pot with a plant and an artist wooden model. The piece is called Autism: Mind and body. The Ganesha represents the mind and is known for having the power to remove or place obstacles in ones way. The wooden model represents the body of someone with autism that functions but is limited by the illness. That plant represents the wiring of the brain and is shown leaning heavily around the body but not around the brain. The body and brain are shown reaching out to the mind but are unable to reach it. My son Rorey who is diagnosed with Autism is the inspiration for this painting.

Artist Statement: I have a son who is diagnosed with Autism. We continue to suffer through the social ignorance in society that many people still have with this disorder. I want people to know that when they see my son being loud and having tics that is associated with autism that there is a wonderful loving person inside. Autism is still a mystery to scientists and Doctors and to everyone who is impacted by it. As an artist all I can do is try to make sense of what I know and try to bring some awareness of Autism with the aide of brushes, canvas and oils.

About the Artist: I was born Joseph Timothy Connelly on April 10, 1970 to Donald and Arlene Connelly in Waltham, Massachusetts. I attended and Graduated from Waltham High School in 1988 and went on to work several jobs before deciding to enroll in the Peterson School to become an Electrician. In 2006 I was hired as a Utility Plant Operator at the Massachusetts College Of Art and Design and earned my BFA in Art History graduating with Distinction and Honors in 2013. I now reside in Rockland Massachusetts with my Wife Janet and my four beautiful children Liam, Rorey, Paige and Jessie. I continue to work at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in the capacity of Assistant Director of Facilities. Currently I have a studio in the Wright Building in Rockland where I paint Still Lifes and Landscapes and am an active member of the 4th Floor Artists Association.

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