Safety Blankets: Discourse on Neurodivergenceaims to disrupt misconceptions, spark connections and discourse, and challenge the meaning of neurodivergence. The installation, presented in PhxArt’s administration building, showcases quilt and textile works by 15 artists from Arizona and across the U.S. who depict their lives and experiences as neurodivergent people. Works include 10 intentional universal design elements for neurodivergent and disabled people, and their fabrics evoke an expanded understanding of encounters artists may have and what occurs within their minds and bodies.
Safety Blankets is organized by Charissa Lucille, an artist and arts administrator based in Phoenix who works with quilting, self-publishes zines, and explores genetics, access needs, and communication styles related to their neurodivergence through their personal practice. It is made possible in part by the City of Phoenix’s New Artist to Work Grant.
The installation is accompanied by an audio component, available via in-gallery QR codes. To learn more about the project and its forthcoming catalogue (May 2024), visit charissalucille.com and follow @safetyblankets on Instagram.
Sheena Cly Wahid Yolie Contreras Alice Costas Phoenix Alvarado Alistair Malone Layla Nieves Ari Rendon Caroline Wilson Aaron Davis Michelle Dawn Chris Leon Armarillas Maira McDermott Janelle Novotny vivid schisms Charissa Lucille