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Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts
Half a boy, one moment, and all the symptoms
HSC year: 2008, ARTEXPRESS year: 2009
Expressive form: Drawing
My work draws on my observations of my younger brother’s burgeoning awareness of his hemiplegic cerebral palsy. I sought to capture some of his emotional reactions – the quieter, internalised moments, the extremes of external expression and moments of humorous relief. ‘Half a boy’ is a reference to the time I heard him say to our mother, ‘Mummy, I’m only half a boy’. My drawings glimpse my brother’s private struggle and aim to challenge the perception, or perhaps the preference, that children with a disability are one-dimensional people who easily accept their situation.
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