Autis­tic artist wins front­liner-themed poster con­test

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KUALA LUMPUR: To paint her win­ning art­work in a poster­mak­ing con­test themed ‘A Sa­lute To All Front­lin­ers Around The World’ autis­tic teen artist Wan Jamila Wan Shai­ful Bahri, watched var­i­ous news chan­nels to un­der­stand the Covid-19 sit­u­a­tion.

The 17-year-old, pro­fes­sion­ally known as Art­jamila, might have been con­fined to her home due to the en­force­ment of the Move­ment Con­trol Or­der (MCO) but her artis­tic in­stincts got the bet­ter of her pro­pel­ling her to par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Her mother, Noorhashim­ah Mo­hamed No­ordin, 58, said watch­ing the news in­spired her spe­cial child to trans­late what was in her mind on the white can­vas.

She watched the news in local and in­ter­na­tional chan­nels to un­der­stand the global sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing the pan­demic and de­scribed it in her paint­ing.

“It is im­por­tant that Art­jamila un­der­stands what is go­ing on and why we can’t spend time out­side as we used to,” says Noorhashim­ah.

“Fur­ther­more, one of her fol­low­ers on her Face­book page com­mended her work and is wait­ing for her lat­est work on the pan­demic,” she told Ber­nama.

It was all worth the ef­fort when her paint­ing ti­tled Our Heroes Se­ries 1 won first place in the poster com­pe­ti­tion a or­gan­ised by Art­di­al­ogo Asia in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Kaza­khstan-based The Chil­dren Are Paint­ing The World So­cial Fund, on May 5.

Themed ‘A Sa­lute To All Front­lin­ers Around The World’, Art­jamila’s acrylic paint­ing of­fers a glimpse into how front­lin­ers are work­ing tire­lessly around the clock to help con­tain the out­break.

In­ter­est­ingly, she was the only artist with autism who com­peted with other artists from South Korea, Kaza­khstan, Le­banon and the Philippine­s un­der Cat­e­gory B, which is open to par­tic­i­pants aged 13 to 19 years.

“I am very proud and happy and Art­jami­lah is also ex­cited about win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion. This achieve­ment will cer­tainly be a boost for her to con­tinue paint­ing,” said her mother.

Com­ment­ing fur­ther, she said her daugh­ter took a week to com­plete the paint­ing based on her ob­ser­va­tions.

“She ob­served the doc­tors, pa­tients, hospi­tals and so on (in the news). She uses mainly blue and green to rep­re­sent the front­lin­ers,” she said.

Noorhashim­ah said Art­jamila would con­vey what was deeply in­grained in her heart and her feel­ings as well as beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries through a doo­dle on a white can­vas as her main medium of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

With the win, Art­jamila’s acrylic paint­ing will be ex­hib­ited dig­i­tally and pub­lished on the Face­book pages of Art­di­al­ogo Asia and The Chil­dren Are Paint­ing The World So­cial Fund as part of the Heal­ing The World To­gether Cam­paign, which was be launched May 8.

Mov­ing for­ward, Art­jamila’s name has also been short­listed in an in­ter­na­tional draw­ing com­pe­ti­tion by The In­dian Coun­cil for Cul­tural Re­la­tions themed ‘United Against Corona-Ex­press Through Art’.

She has sent in an art­work ti­tled Our Heroes Se­ries 3 to com­pete with other am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional artists from around the world. - Ber­nama

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