Alexythimic Winter

Digital Art Making Of Video

Alexithymic Winter by Mario Nevado. Dark Surrealism Digital Art. Emotional Portrait.

Alexythimic Winter

Alexithymia /əˌlɛksɪˈθʌɪmɪə/, noun
1. the inability to recognize or describe one’s own emotions: “alexithymia has been linked to depression and suicidal behaviour”.
Winter /ˈwɪntə/, noun
1. the coldest season of the year, in the northern hemisphere from December to February. In the southern hemisphere from June to August: “the tree has a good crop of berries in winter”.

Psychoclimatic Conditions

I have never liked the term “mental illness”. It has always limited individuals to a frame when only disability is possible. I have always seen the works of the mind, psychologically speaking, as weather phenomena. Like if we have an ecosystem inside our skull, with water evaporating because of the heat and forming clouds that will rain in due time. Over and over again. Cycles. But as in nature itself, external factors may influence this cycle and provoke different reactions. If temperature, geographical position, contextual uses of the land around, it can and will influence our surroundings. In terms of atmospheric conditions, it’s also clear they can influence us as a container of meat and bones with a pinch of electricity. That is what makes us be conscious of ourselves.

But this is just an explanation that serves this artistic metaphor. I am well aware what a psychological condition means and that’s why I preferred to use precisely that word, “condition”, for the title of this series, as it serves a double purpose in terms of language meaning. When we read “condition”, we might think of illness (“this is in bad condition”) but also as a conditional, contextual term.

From there, we can create a fictional spectrum of human emotions and how they revolve inside our heads. Think of them as if they were created by the four elements. The chemical and physical reactions that come from the interaction of these four can give us a visual metaphor of the associated feeling to it.

Series Aesthetics

For the aesthetics of the series, I wanted to focus it in portraits with as-much-as-possible neutral expressions from the model so I could depict the feeling using color, composition and texture. It would be too easy to rely the emotion of the final artwork to fall just in human expression. I wanted to explore how to generate sensations using other ways. For that reason, it organically took a more abstract outcome. I was also a bit tired on working on realism only. This series brings back some aesthetics I used to work on when I was younger. On that era, I was experimenting with traditional medias, mixing different painting styles. It’s something I had been craving to do for years and I considered this was the perfect project to bring them back.


Fine Art Prints

“Alexythimic Winter” Fine Art prints, canvases and other merch is already available to purchase from my shop.

Bottom Line

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Mario is a digital artist and art director that explores the depths of dark surrealism to deliver shocking cover visuals for bands, writers and filmmakers around the world. He's also a passionate instructor of color theory and image composition. In his free time, he sings and makes noise on his musical project, Nevado.