Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 2 - Page 16

Perceptions. I was introduced to so many talented artists, all of whom are just as compelling as the art they have created. Here are just a few: Obsessions can become art forms Grant’s Story: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, CREATE Grant Manier had a compulsive habit of tearing paper. His mom, Julie, instead of trying to extinguish his habit, channeled Grant’s compulsion into beautiful collages. Many of Grant’s collages take months to complete. Grant incorporates thousands of pieces of paper, puzzle pieces, and recycled cardboard into his cool-ages. He is now referred to as an eco-artist and sells his creations for thousands of dollars. In his words, “I have autism, and I have daily challenges and struggles, but my disability has become my ABILITY to contribute to help changing the earth’s environment and raise the awareness of special talents among those with different abilities.” Wil Kerner Cutout Kid Autistic Artist 16 Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses Grant Manier