Wil Kerner was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. Now 14 years old, he has blossomed into a dedicated artist who communicates via shapes and colors. Kerner's pair of scissors is his constant companion, his grandmother says, and he uses colors to describe people and emotions.
His bright paper cutouts are often inspired by his favorite videos and DVDs. This collage, titled "Pals," was based on the scene in Pinocchio in which the bad boys turn into donkeys. Purple-faced Pinocchio has already sprouted a donkey ear and his yellow-faced friend is looking on with horror, while the blue- and green-faced boys haven't yet realized what's happening.