A B O U T M E
My name is Oliver Mills. I am a South Australian artist and poet. I live with Cerebral Palsy, a physical condition that affects muscle movement and verbal communication. Using specially designed equipment, and in collaboration with my poetry and art teachers, my works offers a written and visual expression of how I see the world.
To help with my communication, I use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) which is a speech generating device with digital voice, using audio scanning.
I use a Pragmatic Organisational Dynamic Display Communication Book (PODD) to for every day communication and to write poetry. I have a poetry mentor and teacher, Sharon Kernot, who assists me with my writing. My speech pathologist, Janelle Sampson, designed a special communication book to make writing poetry easier for me.
I have published four books. My latest book, 'I Am Wolf', is a collection of poems about my unique life. I received a grant from the Richard Llewellyn Disability Arts Trust from Arts SA to help me write it.
My art is also very important to me. Working with my art teachers, I use purpose built equipment and modified methods to assist with brush strokes. I love working with acrylics, crayons and textures.
My artworks have been commissioned and sold, and appeared on magazine covers. My poems have been commended in writing competitions and appeared in national publications.