ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia, conceptual artwork

  • Kai Syng Tan
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Conceptual artwork exploring attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and dyspraxia. At the centre of the image is a person pictured wearing a high-tech 'cat suit', which is designed to assist and enrich the lives of people with - and without - ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. Depicted with multiple heads and frantic legs in motion, the image may be considered as a freeze-frame of ADHD in action, as well as a snapshot of how a non-neurotypical mind may function. The use of wordplay and the rendering of text as visual elements illustrate subjective ways for a visual thinker to make language understandable. Through this work the artist aims to provoke discussion about neurological difference and to represent it in a positive way instead of focusing on ADHD as an abnormality. References are made to ancient Chinese Daoist medical diagrams that map the human body as an active agent of the cosmos, Hindu iconography (Brama) and literature (Don Quixote, The Tin Drum).


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