Visual Art: The memory of smiling
The Memory of Smiling is a surrealist visual artwork exploring the idea of trying to relearn to smile. It is an abstract conceptual work using chalk pastel pencils and paint on watercolour paper. The image resembles a chemigram, and was part of an experiment in replicating the aesthetics of chemigrams using alternative materials.
The colour palette of the image is black and white. The composition depicts a face, with an intricate, chaotic but oddly symmetrical connections of lines. These lines symbolise the musculature of the face and the biomechanical complexity involved in the smiling process.
The subject is reflecting on the memory of smiling, perhaps wondering how it was previously achieved. Outside the biomechanics of muscle control there is a mental state that causes smiling. We can feel that, but how can it be visualised? The subject is perhaps meditating on the question of happiness and the interrelation between mind and body in the expression of authentic joy.
- 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
- 3655x5482 / 12.2MB
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- Contained in galleries
- Steve Nimmons Portfolio, Topology of Nothingness: The Art of Mental Health