lisa g (nielsen), artist/autist

work statement


artist/autist is a multi-platform storytelling experiment about late-diagnosed autism. A video, mini-zine and instagram comic tells the story of figuring out that you are neurodivergent.

The video represents the experience of an episode of overwhelm. The person (queer/lesbian/non-binary) is waiting for the bus on main street – practicing unconscious stims to quell strange internal feelings. The end result is confusion and self loathing. A qr code at the end leads interested audience members to the online instagram comic that explains more.

The mini-zine (copies could be left at the grunt for free) is another breadcrumb of the story…capturing folks’ attention who may have felt like an ‘alien’ with no understanding of the why.

Personally, through TikTok during the pandemic, I connected with an online community of brave souls sharing their experiences of being autistic & adhd, and my life of confusing inner experiences suddenly made sense. I made this project with the generous support of the BC Arts Council.

artist bio

lisa g is a queer artist/filmmaker living on the unceded and stolen territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. They combine animation, analog film, digital media, performance and other media to create work that has historical reference, social relevance & where possible, humour. They work independently, with other artists and within communities. lisa g is a founding member of vancouver’s Iris Film Collective, which promotes the creation and sharing of analog film. lisa g is the producer/mentor of Our World which supports the creation of Indigenous self directed short films. lisa g’s work screens and exhibits internationally and has won awards with film/video works distributed by: VIVO and CMFDC.