Clark County artist says artwork helped him confront PTSD

Clark County artist says art helped him confront PTSD

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – Returning to society after 5 years of army service within the U.S. Air Power, Shawn Ganther says he felt misplaced.

“I used to be a multitude,” Ganther says. “Each veteran I speak to that’s really been capable of re-integrate and stay like a steady regular life particularly with PTSD has discovered one thing to truly assist them.”

For Ganther, that factor is artwork.

“Discovering that one factor on the finish of the night time as an alternative of sitting there and pondering ‘I have to drink myself to sleep or one thing like that, I might be like I don’t want that. I’ve this different outlet. I can go down in my studio and simply draw and let it out,” he says.

Ganther first found artwork in class at UW-Stevens Level.

“So I took a drawing class and in that class I simply lastly began expressing myself. Issues I may do with drawing that I didn’t wish to speak about however I can put it on paper and my professor noticed this and instantly pulled me out and mentioned ‘Are you a veteran?’,” Ganther says. “It was simply popping out and I didn’t even realize it was popping out however I assume he may deduce from that I had some type of trauma I used to be coping with.”

Now Ganther makes artwork in varied kinds together with portray, graphic design, display screen printing and extra. He has had his work proven on the Nationwide Veteran’s Museum, The Pentagon and The Smithsonian.

Along with artwork, Ganther traveled the nation interviewing veterans for a documentary known as “Lionhearted” that’s proven at The Smithsonian and is on the market on-line.

“The entire goal of the mission and the video is to assist veterans and assist households of veterans to see somebody who’s struggling,” Ganther says. “The one factor that got here out of it for me, I wasn’t an Military ranger. I used to be within the Air Power so I believed my trauma didn’t examine, that it wasn’t price it, that I used to be a weak particular person for coping with PTSD. That’s the reason the documentary is necessary to me as a result of we have now folks from all branches of army service all speaking about methods they did issues.”

His latest exhibition, “Unmasked”, portrays former American presidents as superheroes, which he debuted in his hometown throughout Clark County’s “Spring into Arts Tour” earlier this month.

Ganther spends as much as three hours every day in his studio within the basement of the Clark Cultural Artwork Middle in Neillsville. He ultimately hopes to create artwork full time.

“It’s constructed into who I’m,” he says. “I can’t not make artwork. I cant even perform if I’m not making artwork. I dont know what to do.”

Ultimately, he hopes to maneuver away from his id as a veteran, however is aware of it should at all times have an affect on his work.

“All the pieces you look me up on says ‘Shawn Ganther veteran artist’ and I’m like ‘oh that’s nice. I wish to be a daily artist’,” he says.

Ganther conducts artwork remedy workshops with veterans, hoping his expertise may assist others.

“So far as PTSD stuff for individuals who see this and haven’t handled it but it by no means goes away fully you continue to have these desires however as soon as you discover an outlet like artwork you may get up, you don’t need to suppress it anymore,” Ganther says.

Veterans in search of assist with PTSD can go to the U.S. Division of Veterans Affairs.

These dealing with a psychological well being disaster can name the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Veterans ought to press “1″.

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