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Ainsley Wilcock

Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts

Artwork title
Half a boy, one moment, and all the symptoms
HSC year
2008
ARTEXPRESS year
2009
Expressive form
Drawing
Artist’s statement

My work draws on my observations of my younger brother’s burgeoning awareness of his hemiplegic cerebral palsy. I sought to capture some of his emotional reactions – the quieter, internalised moments, the extremes of external expression and moments of humorous relief. ‘Half a boy’ is a reference to the time I heard him say to our mother, ‘Mummy, I’m only half a boy’. My drawings glimpse my brother’s private struggle and aim to challenge the perception, or perhaps the preference, that children with a disability are one-dimensional people who easily accept their situation.