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Visual Art: The Mania Circuit

A surrealist conceptual artwork, The Mania Circuit explores the relationship between creativity, manic episodes and mental health.

It is an abstract visual work using chalk pastel pencils on black paper. The picture examines the relationship between mania and depression and the nature of each as a creative force.

The composition depicts the outline of a person in portrait orientation, but the person is rotated through 90 degrees. This creates a sense of destabilisation. The colour palette is red, orange, blue and black.

The brain/mind of the figure is shaded in red, with sparks of orange and red light emanating, representing a state of mania and euphoric activity. Blue energy seems to be suppressed in the circuity of this image, indicating that mania is (at least temporarily) overwhelming depression.

- From the project A Topology of Nothingness, a series of visual art pictures created using art therapy and meditations on mental health and wellbeing, using several methods of free expression including drawing, painting, and conceptual photography. The body of work is a reflection on mental health, depression and the trap of negative thinking and hopelessness.

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Steve Nimmons
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Topology of Nothingness: The Art of Mental Health
A surrealist conceptual artwork, The Mania Circuit explores the relationship between creativity, manic episodes and mental health.<br />
<br />
It is an abstract visual work using chalk pastel pencils on black paper. The picture examines the relationship between mania and depression and the nature of each as a creative force.<br />
<br />
The composition depicts the outline of a person in portrait orientation, but the person is rotated through 90 degrees. This creates a sense of destabilisation. The colour palette is red, orange, blue and black. <br />
<br />
The brain/mind of the figure is shaded in red, with sparks of orange and red light emanating, representing a state of mania and euphoric activity. Blue energy seems to be suppressed in the circuity of this image, indicating that mania is (at least temporarily) overwhelming depression. <br />
<br />
- From the project A Topology of Nothingness, a series of visual art pictures created using art therapy and meditations on mental health and wellbeing, using several methods of free expression including drawing, painting, and conceptual photography. The body of work is a reflection on mental health, depression and the trap of negative thinking and hopelessness.