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Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Blog, Videos | 7 comments




Diego at the MOMA

 ↑ Photos by  my husband

Here is Diego during our latest visit to the MOMA in December of 2012. It was fun watching him interact with his favorite pieces. The fact that Diego’s brain is wired differently (due to Autism) allows him to experience art in such a pure way. He doesn’t care much about the meaning of art or about what the artist wanted to communicate (he will carefully listen if you explain these things to him though). But what I want to say is that he just enjoys what he enjoys without worrying about why.  For him it is as simple as a walk in nature where you find an interesting tree, or an animal or a rare flower. He doesn’t worry about what nature meant by making a tree or a bird, he just enjoys them for what they are. I believe that there are endless ways to interact with art, and they are all valid, but Diego’s style is one of my favorite.

You might have noticed that some creative people that are considered not-normal tend to develop a unique relationship with art. They  connect with it at such a visceral level. Judith Scott is a perfect example. I believe that for those of us who are “normal”, over-thinking what we see, or do, or want to do, could sometimes inhibit the brain from expressing itself freely. Studying Diego’s way teaches me how to enjoy art and creativity by detaching myself from any pre-conceptions. I tried to be like him at our latest visit to the MOMA and it was one of the most fun experiences that I ever had at a museum.




  1. Thanks for sharing this with us, Elsa. Diego’s pure appreciation of art for the simple sake of enjoying it to the fullest is an example for all of us!
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  2. This reminds me of an art tour I once took. The sculptor explained that his work was meant to be touched and he appreciated it when people interacted with his pieces, whether they were small, indoor pieces or large, outdoor installations. Since then, I deliberately reach out once in awhile and admire sculptures with my fingers. After all, like music, isn’t art meant to appeal to your senses?

    • Hi Nancy! Diego does the same thing, if he doesn’t touch a sculpture, it is as if he never saw it. He “sees” with his hands a lot 🙂
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  3. I love this post. My friend and I were talking recently about this very subject, the fact that studying so much art in school can sometimes stop you from really seeing it. This happened to both of us and I see it happen to college students often. You know so much about an artist that you look at a painting for example, and your brain says oh I know this piece…it’s about such and such or it was from this school or a million other facts and theories and associations, and you start to lose the ability to just see the piece for what it is, with fresh eyes. Children don’t have this problem, of course. I like to listen to them explain why they like a piece of art in their own way. 🙂
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    • You’re so right, Mary. Sometimes, when we over-think art, we lose our ability to enjoy it just like kids do. I think that that applies to lots of things in life. Maybe it is better to simplify our thoughts and to put more focus on the experience 🙂
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  4. Thought of you last night, listening to Kathy Lette talking about her latest book, “The Boy Who Fell to Earth” and of her magical, difficult, challenging life with her son, now 21, who is on the autism spectrum. I guess all of us who live with our autistic child, know how much fun it can be, and how much they have to teach us. Life would be so boring without them. My son is away working at the moment, and I don’t see him for weeks at a time.I miss him terribly! He is learning how to cope out there, and enjoys being independant. He has had a few scary moments, when people don’t understand his unusual way of thinking and responding, but once they get to know him, they love him. He told me he was learning how to analyse people . That’s good, I said, as long as they don’t realize you’re doing it! He is a very brave individual, and seems to be very resilient.He has taught me how to let go of the unimportant stuff and live for the day! Thankyou, Elsa for your inspiring work and writings.

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