Vision of Ezekiel

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Date : 2021

The Book of Ezekiel from the Bible speaks of six apocalyptic visions, anticipating the fall of Jerusalem and the God’s plans for reconstructing the present world.

Among these interesting dream-like visions we find the famous “Valley of Dry Bones”, dramatically depicted by Gustave Doré and a serious inspiration for us. That was our original idea, but, as many times, we lost the control of the design and it suddenly we lost control, some wings grew up. It was clear to us that an angel was born from the dry bones and we adopt it.

For our surprise, Ezekiel also describes the vision of Angels (Cherubim/ Seraphim) (Ufologists love to speak about that vision). We decided to interpret it freely and to explore it as a contemporary head-trip-representation.
For that we studied several kaleidoscopic examples to simulate a distorted sight of a divine creature. Sometimes, the Kaleidoscope vision shows up as symptom of migraine. 

When a person has this kind of vision, the brain designs fractured or brightly and colourful images similar to the images we see when we look through a kaleidoscope. 

“Kaleidoscope vision is just one type of aura. Auras occur in response to a sudden increase in neuronal activity. In most cases, auras are due to migraine.”

A cherub depiction, taken from Migne's Patrologia Latina, vol 210, col. 267, 268.

As I looked, a stormy wind came out of the north: a great cloud with brightness around it and fire flashing forth continually, and in the middle of the fire, something like gleaming amber. 

In the middle of it was something like four living creatures. This was their appearance: they were of human form. Each had four faces, and each of them had four wings. 

Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot; and they sparkled like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus: their wings touched one another; each of them moved straight ahead, without turning as they moved. As for the appearance of their faces: the four had the face of a human being, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle; such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies. Each moved straight ahead; wherever the spirit would go, they went, without turning as they went. In the middle of the living creatures there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches moving to and fro among the living creatures; the fire was bright, and lightning issued from the fire. The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.” –Ezekiel 1:4-14.

On the other hand, we would also like to explore the psychedelic experiences when a chemical substance is administrated, in order to change the normal function of nervous systems. It is not surprising to observe random alterations on one’s perception and it gets specially beautiful when it turns into a prophetic episode. 

We reimagined the Ezekiel’s description of the angel as if he was on Mescaline. The hallucinogenic effects of this drug commonly induces an altered state of consciousness and people often describe distortions in their experience of time, etc.

Our “Vision of Ezekiel” portrays an angel of Death, bringing to the surface our fears and remorses. The Angel comes down from Heaven as an executioner and his words are like claws carving on our flesh. 

Despite his horrifying aspect, he seems to offer us something but we don’t understand what is it- Wisdom and Salvation? Or is it Torture and Punishment?

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“The Vision of The Valley of The Dry Bones” - Gustave Doré, 1866.
“The Whirlwind: Ezekiel's Vision of the Cherubim and Eyed Wheel” - William Blake, ca. 1803–05.
“Seraphim”, Viktor Vasnetsov, 1885 - 1896.
“Three types of cherub ”, Frans van Bleyswyck, Calmet's Dictionary of the Bible (1732)
“Liber Divinorum Operum III.4: Wisdom and the Ancient Counsel before the City of God.”, detail - Hildegard von Bingen, 1163 to 1173
“Vision of Isaiah” Gilliam van der Gouwen, after Bernard Picart, 1728.
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