W illiam Styron’s memoir of melancholy is aptly titled Darkness Visible , a phrase taken from Milton’s description of hell in Paradise Lost . Styron recounts that his depression was a condition so mysteriously painful and elusive as to exceed description. The inability of others to understand this experience is part of what makes depression so isolating. Preferring the older term melancholia , Styron lodges a protest against the very word depression , a term used indiscriminately to describe an economic downturn or a rut in the road—a truly wimpy word for such a serious illness.
Painting taken literally is the practice of applying pigment suspended in a carrier (or medium ) and a binding agent (a glue ) to a surface (support) such as paper , canvas or a wall. However, when used in an artistic sense it means the use of this activity in combination with drawing , composition and other aesthetic considerations in order to manifest the expressive and conceptual intention of the practitioner. Painting is also used to express spiritual motifs and ideas; sites of this kind of painting range from artwork depicting mythological figures on pottery to The Sistine Chapel to the human body itself.