A Brush of Giftedness
Liz Cantine, as a local artist, author and instructor, has used her multifaceted talents to create A Brush of Giftedness. Writing multiple poems about famous artists, not only has she included illustrations by Heidi Dong, a talented artist and student of hers with autism, Cantine has also choreographed dances for her students to accompany each one.
Cantine reads from her book as performers move in sequence. “The main goals of this unique book [are] to expand knowledge about world-acclaimed art and to show that those with autism, Down syndrome, and other challenges do not need to vocalize – the arts validate their volumes of verses. This book highlights the gifts and geniuses of past and present artists. Brush of Giftedness is for those who recognize, appreciate, and inspire the giftedness in themselves and others.”
The video selection above discusses Vincent van Gogh, in the general sense, who, it is hypothesized, suffered mental illness, including epilepsy, Méniére’s disease, schizophrenia, and depression. It has been construed that The Starry Night may have illuminated viewers to his way of seeing, as halos may have surrounded lit objects at night due to swelling in his retinas, coupled with seizures he endured.