‘Drowning’ – Tourette Syndrome, Mental Health Awareness

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Micheline Ryckman’s original art is printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Made from 100% cotton acid-free fine art paper. ‘Drowning’ is printed in a 5×7″ or  8×10″ print size. This print is available in two options; with or without the quote, please indicate in the ‘order note’ section at checkout which option you’d prefer. All profits from the sale of this print will be donated to Tourette Canada, for more information please read below.

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Brittany was diagnosed with TS-plus at a young age. In her words:

When I was first diagnosed with TS-plus, I felt like I was drowning. But in a way where I was the only one under the water. Only I could hear my singing and everyone else heard nothing, saw nothing wrong. I didn’t have any friends and no one really wanted to interact with me. No one understood what I was going through even my family (outside my parents and brothers) never wanted to understand what it was. An extended family member I loved told me I had to stop my tics because it wasn’t ladylike and they were gross. That’s probably what made me want to hide to the most… But overtime I learned to use my music to express myself and find courage. I still try to hide it. It’s probably something I’ll never overcome. Now even though days can be a struggle, I am more comfortable with myself and I’m thankful for everyday.

Tourette Syndrome (TS) causes tics that are sudden, intermittent, repetitive, unpredictable, purposeless, nonrhythmic, involuntary movements or sounds. Tics can be either simple or complex. The most important thing to understand about the tics associated with Tourette Syndrome is they are the result of a neuropsychiatric condition. The sounds and behaviours are involuntary and are not being done by choice.

TS can often come with package of other syndromes, people can also have OCD, anxiety, ADHD, depression etc. While some medications are available to help with the symptoms they do not completely take them away and there is no cure.

This art was inspired by a song Brittany wrote. (You can see the song and learn more on our Instagram account @whimsicalillustration ) The painting is meant to represent a feeling of what can go on inside a person with mental health struggles, the reason the individual is pictured nude is to represent the vulnerability of that struggle, the hand coming down into the water represents courage and hope. Sometimes courage can be found in unlikely places and can take many different forms. In Brittany’s case, courage comes through her music. There is hope and knowledge out there for those who need it, if you have any of these health concerns please know that you are not alone and that you should reach out to the available services; doctors, counsellors and people around you. You do not have to face it by yourself.

All the proceeds will be donated to Tourette Canada, tourette.ca . We truly believe that increased mental health awareness can drastically improve the lives of those who suffer.

This fine art print has an natural matte finish that makes it ideal for viewing from any angle. The paper is known for printing the deepest of blacks and the most vibrant of colours.

Please note that all fine art prints are made-to-order so there is at least a week of preprocessing time before the prints are shipped out.

 

Additional information

Rectangular Art Prints

5 x 7" Print, 8 x 10" Print

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