Indolence

Mercury

The last month we “stole” a copy of the Book of Enoch from a friend’s shelf (We returned it already). Curiously, the book was far more interesting than we thought.

We developed a great sympathy with Azazael, the rebel described throughout the pages of the book.

Azazael is explained as a christian Prometheus, he and his angelic companions gave to humans secrets of the Universe, teach them Arts and to how to craft weapons, the astronomy, agriculture, etc. Of course, this kind of revelations incensed the Almighty and he sent Raphael to chain Azazael.


“Lord said to Raphael: Bind Azazael hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in the desert (…)”

For our depiction of the rebel Angel we wanted to have him chained, just like in enochian vision but also with a thick veil over he’s head – “(…)cover him with darkness, and let him abide there for ever, and cover his face that he may not see light (…)”. 

However, he was the light itself, the wisdom, the sun – as the great halo behind him could tell.

During the creative process…A couple of days later,  we were reading the news and we realised how this main figure could be a portrait of all of us. For that reason we tried to connect it with something more actual –  Acedia, Inertia, Indolence – the Sloth from the Catholic Sins.

That way we see the character from a different perspective. He’s self-imprisoned. His right hand is free and hold the agent of change (the snake that changes its own skin) but the figure does not uses it to cut up the ropes and remove the veil.
How’s that a realistic vision of the present World?
We’re regularly confronted with situations and news of tragic events, some of them very close to us – but most of the times our attitude is to ignore, to look away, to pretend  is all fiction. 

We realised that when we were comfortably lying on the couch. That’s sad and it’s probably a tendency on our society. Maybe we should start fighting that.

The little fella at the bottom is a double masked obscure version of Isaac, son of Abraham. 

In the Old Testament God tested the faith of Abraham asking him to kill his own son. He was actually about to do it when the Angel intervened.
This scene is also very contemporary: free people with free will self caging themselves by following dumb doutrines or politics. 

Ladies and gentlemen, we are watching a pattern in world history.  Horrible things happened in a not distant past, if we don’t wake up, these things are close to happening again.

“Unmarried noble young woman from Venice” - Christoph Krieger after Cesare Vecellio, 1598
“Satan in his Original Glory: Thou wast Perfect till Iniquity was Found in Thee” - William Blake, c. 1805.
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