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Tzipporah Johnston is an embroiderer and mixed media artist from Edinburgh. Using embroidery and other traditional textile techniques in combination with found objects, Tzipporah creates assemblages and installations that challenge popular perceptions of autism.
Tzipporah will be presenting her installation, The Museum of Monotropism, at Art Walk Porty 2019. Mainstream depictions of autism and autistic experience are almost uniformly presented from a neurotypical perspective. Observation without understanding leads to depictions that are inauthentic and sometimes offensive, portraying autistic people as lacking interiority, and defining them in terms of restrictions and deficits. Through pieces drawing inspiration from history, anthropology, and the natural world, The Museum presents autism from an autistic point of view, expressing the richness and diversity of one autist’s inner world. rticularly with the idea of function as performance. Part of this project is the result of her involvement on the Creative Influence team with Artlink’s Autism Strategy to advocate change through art practice.