Small Section of Spectrum, 2015, by Ari Hunt, short digital 2D animations, played in random order. Image courtesy the artist.

Small Section of Spectrum, 2015, by Ari Hunt, short digital 2D animations, played in random order. Image courtesy the artist.

The personal touch

Telling a personal story through art can be testing for some but ARI HUNT found it relatively easy.

Small Section of Spectrum (above) was Hunt's animated work in the 2015 ANU School of Art Graduating Exhibition and tackled personal experiences with autism.

"This is the first time [autism] had such a big role in one of my artworks," Hunt says.

"I have personal projects that contain autistic characters but this is the first time something I've made has been almost explicitly about autism, or at least, my experience of it.

"It's honestly been pretty easy because I don't have to think about it very hard. 

"The hardest decisions I've had to make are ones like 'How much should I exaggerate this to make it funny?' or 'Would this particular thing be interesting to other people?'"

A series of short digital 2D animations played in a random order, Small Section of Spectrum is also a continuation of Hunt's previous work about her late paternal grandfather.

"Last year I went to a screening of the documentary Once My Mother by Sophia Turkiewicz.

"She was answering audience questions and talked about the importance of preserving people's stories in a personal as well as historical context," she says.