Written and Illustrated by : Peter Mohrbacher and Eli Minaya
A stunning project unlike anything seen before, ANGELARIUM is a deeply mythic journey that weaves illustration, poetry, painting, and prose into a singular, mind-bending narrative that takes us through the gates of the eleven angelic emanations that embody the Tree of Life. ANGELARIUM paints a world of sheer awe, unveiling unknowable symbolic entities that point toward an ancient, immutable truth: “As above, so below.”
The Angelarium is a place where experiences, ideas and archetypes exist as real living entities. It’s the domain of angelic emanations. Growing at its center sits the Tree of Life, a physical manifestation that reflects the whole of existence.
This 60 page art book is a chronicle of Enoch, a living man who traveled the Angelarium and explored the interior world of the Tree of Life. He encounters its ten emanations, and ruminates upon the unknowable being that is Ein Sof. It includes illustrations, poetry and short stories that take us on a journey through the 11 emanations of the Tree of Life.
Peter Mohrbacher on Angelarium:
“The names were what inspired me.
Once I’d read the names of the Angels, I knew this was a project I wanted to take on. That was back in 2005. Since then, Angelarium has been a part of my life every single day. Even when I’m not paying attention to it, it’s gone out on the internet and had a life of its own. The name of the project has come to define the idea of surreal angelic figures and the fan base around it has re-inspired the new designs.”
The Book of Emanations is my first foray into illuminating the overarching story of Angelarium. Most of the pieces you’ve seen so far are small glimpses into the journey of Enoch. His is the story of the one person who has visited heaven without dying first. It’s based off an apocryphal Old Testament chapter called The Book of Enoch. The chronicle of his ascent will be contrasted against the fall of the Grigori, a band of angels that descend to Earth and are ultimately destroyed by their own hubris. These stories have trickled down into popular culture before, but I’m amazed they’ve never been fulfilled the way so many other mythologies have.
Angelarium is not a series of illustrations. It’s not an art book or a comic book. It’s not a series of prints or figurines. It’s a space where we can use metaphor to describe our shared experiences. This gives it the freedom to manifest in any medium and tell any number of stories.”