My Brain and My Mental Health by Caroline Joanisse

My Brain and My Mental Health by Caroline Joanisse

When I think of the brain I think of mental health. What comes to my mind is my psychosis, my depression. My painting represents what goes on inside of my head. I’ve been to the Civic to many appointments. There was a time when colours meant the world to me, where everything was purple, pink, black, red, white, orange, where it was about super cool. I must have driven my family nuts. But we got over colours fast.

About The Artist

My name is Caroline Joanisse. I am an artist at H’Art of Ottawa. I am an artist with a disability. I have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. People can’t see it physically because it affects the brain. Other people see me as impatient and frustrated. I have severe moodiness and attitude. My behaviours can show. They see somebody that needs more assistance than the average person who has no disabilities. I see myself as someone trying to break the stereotype of someone with a developmental disability and to show the world that just because you have a disability doesn’t mean there should be limits to what you can and can’t do. I see myself as somebody who is strong, dedicated, hard working, compassionate, and cares for all people.

The way I see the world around me is very visually with colours and shapes and textures. That’s how I see the world. I see beyond practicality. I like being heard as an equal member of society despite my own situation. Also I want for other disabled people to see that there are others out there with needs, lots of people. They’re not alone. I want to tell other disabled people in the world that they have the knowledge. They just have to find their way of showing how they feel.

I am an artist and through painting I am able to express my firm beliefs in how much the disabled stereotype must be broken between persons with disabilities and persons without disabilities. I find my art to be a magnifier of my own thoughts and my own feelings. I’m hoping it will change the perception of people of how they see people with disabilities, so that they can be aware that things are not easy and that barriers can be broken to better suit people.

View more of Caroline’s work at her H’Art of Ottawa page.

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