Quinn Koeneman

About the Artist

Quinn Koeneman is a Midwest-based multidisciplinary artist with a BFA in Studio Art from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and currently working towards an MFA in New Media from the University of Illinois. He has an extensive background in animation, printmaking, illustration, storytelling, and self-advocacy as an autistic individual. Quinn's current exploration involves the use of alternative media, including obscure printmaking tools, and graphic novels, to depict the neurodiverse experience in a fragmented modern social landscape, constructing psychological havens for diverse neurotypes and envisioning neuro-utopias.

The process of constructing potentials for utopian spaces for minority social groups requires codifying and celebrating cultural touchstones and social constructs. In newly flourishing neurodiverse communities, artists have taken a recent uptick in interest in post-pandemic disability representation as an opportunity to use anti-normative methodologies to perform an auto-ethnographic process of self-authorship, decolonizing our identity from a eugenics based medical model of disorder to an identity based cultural model of proliferation and resilience. Consider a meta-worldbuilding exercise, a process of interior explorationMuch of the art takes place in the invisible places between the images: the misunderstandings and pitfalls in the journey by the artist and viewer toward mutual understanding of reality.