About this submission
Overgrown is based on my own experiences with autism and PTSD. More importantly, it's about the healing I found through connection with other women in my life, women who love me without expecting me to change. Representation of autism and mental illness in media are often inaccurate or simplified; as someone who loves fairy tales, I wanted to create a fairy tale with a hero who genuinely looks and behaves like I do in the world. Further, due to COVID-19, I thought it was more important than ever to celebrate the magic we're all capable of creating through human connection.