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The theme for this piece: unexpected journeys and life long learning; arrival in a different time and space in the world with a new pace and perspective. Em Wafer is a full-time New Zealand artist and muralist known for her surreal microcosmic worlds. She exhibits locally and internationally, and has collectors worldwide. Unique enough to strike a chord with our own stories yet universal enough to leave space for individual reflections, Em's work addresses the wordless subconscious. A glimpse of those unseen places deeply felt but not always consciously understood or articulated connects us all, and within each journey a multitude of perspectives exist. The art, external circumstance, and the less tangible inner world all inform each other, discoveries within the process itself sometimes shifting the concept entirely. Em is frequently inspired by moments with her son James, who is on the autism spectrum and brings beautifully unique perspective shifts through a neurodivergent lens. “The totally different way he seems to see everything, his questions, his unusual order of priorities- the way he is doesn’t always make it easy for him to function in the world or for us to teach him. But he’s awesome, and hilarious, and I admire his raw honesty.. in a way his lack of filter and not caring what others think of him is a strength. His unique ways of communicating and showing love and the sentences he comes out with constantly surprise. Every child and adult on the spectrum is different but I know so many people will resonate with one or all these characteristics.. it’s all so broad and diverse. The main message we want to bring across is this: don’t look away, look closer and be curious. There’s so much more going on inside every one of us than what is obvious on the surface, but even more so for our children and adults on the autism spectrum - things can be the opposite of what they seem. be curious, be open, and ask- never assume. “ All proceeds from this auction will go to the Ahuru Mowai Trust.



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