Singapore teen with Asperger’s Syndrome creates beautiful artwork

Photo courtesy of National Gallery
Photo courtesy of National Gallery

Despite harmful stigmas and discriminatory beliefs that say differently, people with disabilities are proving their worth and ability to positively contribute to society more and more every day, as they finally attain the opportunities and access often freely given to their non-disabled peers. Xandyr Quek, of the Republic of Singapore, is one such example. Xandyr is thirteen, and his artwork is being featured in the National Gallery Singapore’s Keppel Centre for Art Education. He also has Asperger’s Syndrome, and enjoys creating miniature landscape sculptures based on his observation of buildings, transportation systems, and public infrastructure.

One of his sculptures, called City In The Works, is the piece being exhibited in the National Gallery. City In The Works is a cityscape of northern Singapore constructed out of clay, and is being displayed in a glass case in order to ensure that it is not touched by anyone, one of Xandyr’s concerns when considering displaying his project. Xandyr is capable of memorizing entire street directories and map directions and has always been interested in creating artwork, particularly with clay, which his parents have always supported. His mother, Agnes Quek, stated that, “There are no words to express how proud we are of him.” Xandyr has even been commended for his artwork by the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, on Facebook.

You can learn more about Xandyr’s exhibit and when it is open to the public from News Asia One.

Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.