Visual Art: The Mind's Hangman
The Mind’s Hangman is an abstract visual artwork exploring relationships between creativity, self-doubt and self-destruction. It is made using chalk pastel pencils on black paper. The drawing is abstract, surreal and psychological.
The colour palette of the image is black, red, yellow and green/blue. The composition suggests the presence of gallows and the execution of an ambiguous figure. The reason for this execution is unclear. The executioner (The Mind’s Hangman) seems to be pictured in red, although this is left to the interpretation of the viewer.
The picture represents the creative mind and its propensity for self-destruction. The Hangman dispenses with ideas and optimistic thoughts, carrying out merciless punishment with little trial or due process.
The picture’s black background could suggest a sense of mourning for the executed. The death of ideas, killed by the mind.
- 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.
- Steve Nimmons
- Image Size
- 5609x3739 / 11.6MB
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- Contained in galleries
- Topology of Nothingness: The Art of Mental Health