An artist, but also an autism patient
“Cutting, rubbing, pulling, pinching and baking” are the five basic procedures of soft clay making. As usual, Nung quietly pinned himself on the work table to create various soft clay artifacts. With his dexterous hands, Nung wholeheartedly rubbed the clay into strips to construct many different shapes, which would be later on sliced and stuck onto artifacts as ornaments. Nung is quiet and not very conversable. He only enjoyed soft clay making. It seemed to the unacquainted that Nung has artistic temperament. However, that was because he was a sufferer of autism.
At the age of four, Nung was diagnosed as an autistic patient. His mother Lu has to take him to the linguistic center periodically to learn to speak. But Nung had already demonstrated his love and talent in art, as he loved to paint, especially drawing lines and geometric patterns. He liked to copy the floor plan printed in the properties sales catalogue.
Nung’s World of soft Clay
Nung joined New Life’s sheltered workshop at his 20 and received occupational training. He was just responsible for simple jobs such as enveloping and pasting label at the beginning. His talent was not revealed until his participation in the craft making class in the workshop. Nung possessed uniquely sensitive observation to color and patterns. His specialty lay in utilizing various colors and lines to produce polymer clay artifacts and souvenirs. Every piece of his artwork was highly stylish in color application and pattern construction. It is an expression of Nung’s distinctive personality and imagination.
Soft clay had opened up Nung’s world. His easily lost temper was substituted with a peaceful mind and concentration after he had developed such hobby, which had also brought him growth and confidence. His first individual exhibition in 2011 was in fact by his own request. This interest had earned him so many opportunities to join different types of contests as well.
Nung may not be efficient in expressing his inner world with speech, but he is able to do that with his soft clay artwork. He may seem different in many eyes. However, he is as normal as anyone else who has complicated emotions and sentiments. The only variation is that others prefer to show in language, and Nung speaks with polymer clay which is fantastically more colorful.
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