• DIFFERABILITY: A SOLO EXHIBITION BY NELLIE VAN DER WALT

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Welcome to DIFFERABILITY

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PART 1: DISCOVERY

My daughter was diagnosed

as an Autistic about 4 years ago. When her psychologist explained how she experiences the world, I started crying: It was EXACTLY how I felt at her age!

We proceeded to test me as well and I was also diagnosed as Autistic. It was as if everything just clicked and made sense. The artworks representing this phase are the portrait of my daughter, Nina and my Self Portrait.

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PART 2: THE OLD SELF

After my diagnosis I had to do a lot of introspection. I had to dig deep, look my “old” self in the eye as well as the parts of myself that I didn’t like. I had to go to my childhood and re-write my history.

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PART 3: THE INNER CHAMBER

PART 4: ACCEPTANCE

When I started to accept my diagnosis not as a diagnosis, but as something that I am (being a person with Autism versus being an autistic), I could start making changes in my life to accommodate myself.

I realized for how long I tried to fit in, tried to live life according to certain scripts embedded in our society. How much I tried to be something that I’m not, tried to do as much as other people

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PART 5: CELEBRATE

In this section you’ll find four works:

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PART 6: THE PUZZLE

From the work: “CONSCIOUSNESS – DEFRAGMENTED” I’ve created an interactive puzzle which visitors can build.

With this I want others to experience the therapeutic and calming effects of art. And maybe, if you are going through a tough time, this can help you to “put things back into place” physically and mentally

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PART 7: THE UNDERCURRENT

My psychologist once explained the Neurodiverse brain as it relates to Autism to me as follows: Normal (Neurotypical) individuals’ approach tasks in a very systematic way and they are able to control their thoughts mostly...

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PART 8: ROWLAND DANIEL

My father, a very talented and experienced sculptor offered to bring two of his clay sculptures to exhibit alongside me. His works slot in very well with the theme of most of my portraits.

His works at my exhibition represents my whole family and those who love me who’ve been with me in support on my journey

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IN CLOSING

PLEASE VISIT MY PHYSICAL SOLO EXHIBITION

DIFFERABILITY - A Journey Through an Autistic Mind

30 April - 15 May 2022

PJ OLIVIER ART CENTRE

3 Blom Street, Stellenbosch

Open Daily from 10:00 - 16:00

“Art can permeate the very
deepest part of us, where no words exist.”



Donna Williams

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