Friday, December 9, 2016
Noé's Starry Nights
I've been staring at this painting for days after rereading Temple Grandin's Thinking in Pictures.
In the book, Temple explains her theory that Van Gogh was an autistic and painted his world of perceptual distortions:
The swirls in the sky in his painting Starry Night are similar to the sensory distortions that some people with autism have. Autistics with severe sensory processing problems see the edges of objects vibrate and get jumbled sensory input. These are not hallucinations but perceptual distortions.
And now I'm dying to know.....
Is this how you see the world, Noé?
Do the edges of your bedroom, your neighborhood, your school, vibrate?
Is every day a starry night filled with blinding brightness and swirls and dark intrusive dreams?
Do you want to reach toward those bright stars or hide away from them?
Is your world marked by agitation or beauty? Or perhaps both?
One thing I am sure of, my Noécito. You don't see the world with ordinary eyes.
Posted by Jen at 9:08 PM