Autism Unveiled Week 5
I love my children and my husband (Kevin and I were married at City Hall in Minneapolis, on August 1, 2013, the day same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota). I want to do what I can to make the world a better place.
Autism enhances my ability to analyze situations and decide upon the best way to react.
I am inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s poem, Erlkönig and the German band Rammstein’s retelling of the story in their song, Dalai Lama. They tell of a father’s desperate attempt to save his young son from death’s grip. Other songs include Mikhail Shufutinsky’s Otpustite Vracha (Send the Doctor Away), which tells the thoughts of a soldier as he dies trapped in concertina wire; and Radiohead’s Exit Music (For a Film) from Baz Luhrmann’s film Romeo + Juliet. They all remind me of how fleeting life is and inspire me to appreciate every moment I can.
The Qt Project inspired me to take my computer programming in a new direction: http://qt-project.org/
The MnPAVE website shows a computer program I have worked on for the Minnesota Department of Transportation: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/app/mnpave/
I decided to make a drawing of Arthur Schopenhauer in 1989 because the intensity of his look intrigued me. I was also inspired by his philosophy of compassion and his idea that aesthetics can relieve one’s suffering.
The self portrait above (1990, pastel on paper) was signed with only my first and middle names.
Bruce Tanquist, Minnesota
Bruce is part of the Autism Unveiled Project – 6 weeks of posts by Autistic people commencing on April 2, 2015, World Autism Awareness Day.