A word from Frazer: "I like weird, scary, improbable things. And patterns, details, and easter egg-type surprises. I'm inspired by the music I listen to, the shows I watch, the books I read, and the places my mind wanders off to. It wanders often. I have Asperger's, and I'm good with that. I am also an artist, with lots on my mind and in my heart. Welcome."
The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) staff were proud to host visual artist Frazer Campbell and his mum Alayne Campbell for the unveiling of two of Frazer’s amazing, award winning art works, “Why Does My Head Hurt?” and “Green Dimension”. Frazer's distinct work reflects his experiences of school yard bullying, isolation and just generally feeling different. These experiences have meant that Frazer’s had to endure changes in schools as well as being home schooled. Frazer was diagnosed with Asperger’s at young age and has found his strength and path through art. We were very privileged to hear from Frazer’s mum Alayne about the very unique challenges and joys experienced by parents of children with autism daily. Frazer wants to be a pioneer of 'outsider art' in Australia, a huge art movement in Europe and US that has not yet gained a following in Australia.
Frazer has exhibited his works at the Art from the Margins (AFTM) Brisbane Festival exhibition, in 2015 and 2016. He received Highly Commended awards for “Why does my head hurt?” 2016 and “The Playground” 2015. He held his first solo exhibition, 27 November 2015 and second solo exhibition, October 2016.
AFTM is a creative initiative of Wesley Mission Brisbane that brings together artists, the public and the wider community. It aims to bridge the gap between artists living in isolation. AFTM supports and promotes the work of artists living with adversity, disadvantage and social isolation, including artists living with mental health issues, physical or intellectual disabilities and homelessness. AFTM currently provides exhibition and professional development opportunities for over 400 artists living in and around the Brisbane area.
The QFCC is grateful to Alayne and Frazer for taking the time to share their experiences and stories with us. We hope to maintain connection and explore further opportunities for future joint projects together.