Collage Art: Expand “Big Picture” Understanding

Many of individuals with social/emotional challenges have trouble seeing “The Big Picture”. A fancy name for that is “Weak Central Coherence”, coined by Autism Pioneer Uta Frith: “Individuals with autism are better than typical individuals at processing details but worse at integrating information from many different sources.”

Imagine that you have a brain that is cablable of travelling at speeds that would make even confident drivers of Germany’s Autobahn jealous, only with that ability comes the natural creation of seemingly indestructible mental roadblocks that impede desired levels of contented processing. Those roadblocks equal the emotional distress caused by moments when outcomes in the world defy that individual’s sense of logical, required outcome.

What we need to do is grow that person’s ability to enjoy taking righthand and lefthand turns: growth in one’s process (one’s logical mental equation) for the association of detail.

Collage Art has served this purpose and in a fun way. Basically, collages serve to host a reality where not only voluntary acceptance of a composition of generally unrelated images/ideas occurs but fosters the development of learning and enjoying the process of imagining stories to support that compositional reality.

The collages give rise to the formation of an anology. Collage is a lot like life. If we learn to embrace (even have fun with) the idea that there are stories to be found with all of the details we compile, that more than one story can exist, then roadblock moments when a negative solution was once the only accepted reality will begin to fall away in favor of multiple, accepted persectives.

Here are some other examples (Click on the picture to see a slightly larger version):


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