Man with Asperger's syndrome finds calm in his art

For John M. Williams, the world is a strange and chaotic place. It's confusing. It makes him anxious.

But Williams has a place of refuge when the world gets to be a little too much.

He has his art. And his art makes everything better.

"It's like trying to hold something at bay," says Williams, 33, of Winchester, Mass. "It's one of the ways that I can perhaps make sense of things."

Williams – who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at a young age — says his cut-paper collages of landscapes and historical figures mirror the way he sees the world: Fragmented and disorienting with thoughts constantly swirling through his head.

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