How often can we journey in the footsteps of one who for decades could not communicate?
Imagine how it feels to live in a world alone, where you are unable to communicate with the people in your life, a life almost underwater. This was the world of Erin Elizabeth Eyer for 35 years until assistive technology unleashed her voice.
Now Eyer invites us to visit her world with My Nothingness Gone, My World Speaks, an altogether different kind of book, as your guide. A gifted visual artist and poet, Eyer creates a rich experience to be repeated, conjuring words and images not easily forgotten.
Taken together, the works demonstrate Eyer’s highly impressionistic and idiosyncratic perspective—just the sort of viewpoint an artist should have. The color and texture of words, as well as paint, provide the necessary intensity to give voice to her experiences and emotions. It’s an intensity that readers will carry away with them.
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My Nothingness Gone, My World Speaks is a unique collection created by a woman who does not speak yet creates art through a variety of forms that surpass the spoken word.
Eyer’s beautifully produced book of poetry and art, ranging from painting to sculpture, is a groundbreaking statement published to share and celebrate her life and creativity while challenging limiting and painful cultural myths surrounding people on the autism spectrum.
Eyer is excited to contribute to the body of art and invention created by people on the spectrum and hopes to encourage others to follow their own creative vision. She hopes My Nothingness Gone, My World Speaks will inform and inspire conversations in venues from education and the arts to public policy.
This sponsored article was featured in Issue 125 – Unwrapping ABA Therapy