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Part 2 of in-depth look at autistic Taiwanese-American artist (2011/11/20)
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    Part 2 of in-depth look at autistic Taiwanese-American artist (2011/11/20)

    And now we have the second part of an in-depth look at a young autistic artist. Leland Lee is a slow learner, but once he knows how to do something, he does it well. His and his parents’ determination has led to an impressive number of achievements for Leland, including a gold medal at the Special Olympics.

    Professor Lin Jen-chieh
    National Taiwan Normal University
    I think he is really very talented. No-one ever taught him. A special characteristic of his gift is that he doesn’t mismatch colors when he puts them together. Even when a painting features six or seven colors, they match. Also, all of his paintings, from childhood to adulthood, are visual memories that have been mixed together. So if he has seen a cow or sheep or the Pink Panther on TV, he will individualize them or maybe put a hat on them. Anything he has seen can become creative material.

    Leland’s parents believe that he makes up for poor language skills with strong memory and visual skills. His rich use of color is never messy and he sometimes seems to have video-like recall.

    Lee Yong-shuo
    Leland Lee’s Father
    I remember that when he was young, he went to a museum. He ran around and it didn’t seem like he was paying special attention to anything or looking closely at the displays. But after we got back home he could paint things as if he had the ability to take photographs and keep them in his head.

    Professor Lin Jen-chieh
    National Taiwan Normal University
    A naive and innocent child, his paintings have made it necessary for those of us with academic training to work even harder. We have studied so many creative methods, but we have learned some essential methods from him. We are thinking too much. You shouldn’t think so much. He has this advantage. He doesn’t think too much. What I’ve seen is what I paint. The colors I like are the colors I use.

    Impressions of everything Leland sees are kept in his mind to become subjects for his art. His abundant subject matter is the result of years of hard work by Leland’s parents. He has improved his sense of balance and strength through a variety of exercises. Before he started elementary school, Leland often fell down when trying to walk. But today he can ride a horse, ski and swim.

    Karen Chien Lee
    Leland Lee’s Mother
    For him, water is like being pricked by a needle. So I would hug him. I can still remember him screaming. By the time he had finished swimming, I would have bruises on both sides because he would hold me so tight. It took him more than 10 years to adapt. Now, he’s like a fish.

    In 2006, Leland won a swimming gold medal at the Special Olympics. If you knew how long it had taken Leland to learn how to button his shirt and brush his teeth, you might understand better how unlikely it seemed that he would ever win that gold medal.

    Karen Chien Lee
    Leland Lee’s Mother
    Just doing up buttons from left to right is really difficult for him. It took him months to learn. It took him about seven months to learn how to brush his teeth. But now he has absolutely no tooth decay because once he learns something, he does it very well. He is extremely careful and doesn’t cut corners.

    Lee Yong-shuo
    Leland Lee’s Father
    For example, when he learned to ski, that type of joy made up for all of the feelings of frustration from the past, the strange looks we have encountered from other people and the negative opinions we have sometimes heard. I think it has all been worthwhile.

    When opening Leland’s journal, every word in every sentence is the result of more than a decade of teaching from his mother so that he would have the basic ability to write. Page after page of dense writing records his parents care and many of the places they took him. Along the way there were many difficulties.

    Karen Chien Lee
    Leland Lee’s Mother
    He becomes nervous in crowded places. There have been times where he spoke a little loudly and people mentioned that this is Taiwan. They then asked what was wrong with him or why was he so loud. Actually, he just wanted to show he wasn’t happy. He was afraid. When he sees other people’s body language or sees the look on their faces, he becomes afraid and I get more scared than him.

    Lee Yong-shuo
    Leland Lee’s Father
    I think that the most important thing is that the parents can’t shrink from the challenge. Your child is going to have contact with the outside world.

    Karen Chien Lee
    Leland Lee’s Mother
    When Leland does something, he definitely finishes it. Everything is like that. If you tell him to stop, he can’t. He can’t let it go. There are advantages and disadvantages.

    If he is reading poetry, he has to read the whole book. When writing in his journal, he has to complete the section for the day. When filling in colors, he has to fill every part of the drawing. From start to finish, he will insist on completing the task. Leland Lee’s artworks tell the world that everything has many different faces.

    Karen Chien Lee
    Leland Lee’s Mother
    Taiwan needs a larger range of support to understand autism and to understand this group of children. They can be successful. They can come out and not be a burden on society.
    中文 Chinese  
    天才畫家自閉兒

    在上禮拜的專題,我們帶您透過鏡頭了解李伯毅的畫中話,患有自閉症的他透過繪畫,勾勒出屬於他的世界,今天下集專題,我們來看看屬於更多他的故事。

    [[師大美術系 林仁傑 教授]]
    ”我覺得他真的是很有天分,沒有人教他,天賜給他的特色就是,他在色彩拼湊的時候不會亂,即使一個畫面出現了五 六十個顏色,他不會亂,而且這些畫,都是他小時候到大,所有的視覺記憶,全部都彙整在一起,所以可以看到牛 還有羊,還有這個 連電視裡面看到的頑皮豹,他都把它擬人化 戴帽子,只要他看過的,就變成他創作的材料”

    補償柏毅在語言上的缺陷,老天賜予他,色彩和視覺記憶上的過人天賦,他用色豐富而不雜亂,雙眼更是有著攝影機般的特殊能力。

    [[李柏毅爸爸 李永碩]]
    ”記得小時候帶他去參觀博物館,他去到博物館,在那邊跑來跑去,他好像都沒有很注意在看什麼事情,或看什麼陳列的東西,可是回到家裡,他就能夠畫出來,就好像他有拍立得的能力在他的腦袋裡面”

    [[師大美術系 林仁傑 教授]]
    ”一個天真無邪的孩子,他畫出來的圖,竟然給我們這些學院派訓練的人,費盡苦心, 學了那麼多創作的招數,還要從他那找到一些方法跟要領,不要想太多,不要想太多,他就是有這樣的優點,他不會去想太多,我看到了,我就畫出來,我愛用什麼顏色,就用什麼顏色”

    看過的景象都印在腦海,成為創作題材,柏毅豐富多元的畫作內容,歸功於爸媽多年的辛苦付出,透過各項運動訓練平衡和體力,上小學前 連走路都常跌倒的柏毅,如今會騎馬,會滑雪,還會游泳

    [[李柏毅媽媽 簡靜惠]]
    ”水對他來講,好像針在刺一樣,然後我就抱他,我還記得他是用尖叫,(游泳完)我上來 我兩邊一定都是瘀青,因為他抱得很緊,這樣適應了也是十幾年,他就真的變成一條魚”

    2006年,柏毅勇奪特殊奧運的游泳金牌,如果您知道,他光是學會扣釦子,和刷牙這些生活小事,需要花上多長的時間,您就能明白摘下運動獎牌,對柏毅簡直就是不可能的任務

    [[李柏毅媽媽 簡靜惠]]
    ”光扣釦子 從左邊扣到右邊,對他也是一件很困難的事情,(他學了多久)那個時候學了好幾個月,刷牙差不多要學七個月,但是他現在沒有一顆蛀牙,因為他一旦學會了,他就會做得非常好,而且他很仔細,不會偷工減料”

    [[李柏毅爸爸 李永碩]]
    ”譬如說他學會了滑雪,那種喜悅真的是,彌補你以前感覺的那些挫折,或是遭遇到人家另類的眼光看待,或是聽到一些負面的聲音,我覺得一切都值得”

    翻開柏毅的日記本,一字一句,是媽媽花了十幾年,才幫他訓練出來,基本的文字能力,一頁頁密密麻麻的,記錄著爸媽帶領他大手牽小手,到處趴趴走的足跡,然而一路走來,其實滿佈荊棘

    [[李柏毅媽媽 簡靜惠]]
    ”在很多人的地方,他會焦慮,他有時候會大聲一點,他們也會說,這是在台灣,他是得了什麼病,這麼大聲,其實他只是想要表示他的不舒服,會恐懼,看到每個人的肢體語言,或看到人家對你的眼光,是會很害怕的,我比他還害怕”

    [[李柏毅爸爸 李永碩]]
    ”我覺得最重要的是,你(家長)不能就萎縮起來,他們這種小孩就是要跟外界接觸”

    [[李柏毅媽媽 簡靜惠]]
    ”他每做一件事情,一定都是要把它做完,所以叫他停,他也沒有辦法,欲罷不能,這是優點,也是缺點”

    唸詩非得唸完一整本,日記一定寫到最後一格,色彩總是填滿整張畫紙,有始有終 堅持到底,柏毅用畫告訴大家,萬事萬物都有不同的面向

    [[李柏毅媽媽 簡靜惠]]
    ”台灣需要有更多元化的支持,來認識自閉症,來認識這樣族群的小孩,他們是可以成功的,可以走出來的,不是社會的負擔”
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