Annis Joslin, AC2018 Self-Identity Artist.
On a recent residential project I watched the wonderful Charlie Brown Halloween Special with a woman in her 20’s (who is also autistic). When it had finished she said how she was much too old to do trick or treating now and how much she missed it and how wished she could still do it. Being away from home and in an unfamiliar environment was a big challenge for her and she was coping with a lot of anxiety. The following day I bought some sweets and asked if she liked the idea of re-enacting trick or treating at the front and back door of the cabin she was staying in. She liked this idea very much so that evening we did it and she was joyous, saying ‘oh I feel young again! Thank you so much!’ Later I heard she’d asked someone else why I had done it – ‘Was it pity?’ She asked. ‘No,’ was the reply ‘just because she wanted to make you happy’. ‘Oh’ she said ‘that’s so kind.’
So I suppose you could say I’m proud to be a kind artist because it can make people feel joyous.