© by Nadav Fink
Nadav Fink has just graduated from Israel's Shenkar College Of Engineering And Design and finally presents his graduate collection Terrible Angels:
»I started working on my collection with Rilke’s idea of Terrible Angels (from the 1922 poem Duineser Elegien). Rilke says that ›each single angel is terrible‹ because the angels, contrary to humans, are divine, immortal, and by their nature superior to us, and therefore are a constant reminder of the inferiority, temporariness and insignificance of human beings in the endlessness of time and space.
In my collection I chose to focus on two aspects of the Elegies. The first aspect is expressed in the first Elegy:
›For Beauty’s nothing but the beginning of Terror we’re still just able to bear, and why we adore it so is because serenely disdains to destroy us.‹
›We don’t feel very securely at home within our interpreted world. There remains, perhaps, some tree on a slope, to be looked at day after day.‹
These two quotes, which set the tone and severity of the insights rose throughout the Elegies, point towards an apocalyptic feeling that hovers in the air, on which Rilke addresses the angel. In addition to the apocalyptic notions in the Duineser Elegies, I also referred to Tony Kushenr’s 1991 play ›Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes‹. The hero in Kushner’s play, a thirty-years old HIV infected man, is visited by an angel that carries a prophecy. The angel says that humans must stop progressing and migrating, because by doing so the made God leave heaven.
The second aspect of Rilke’s elegies I focused on is the tension between the divine and the earthly. Rilke says that the angel’s response to the human’s calling is a meeting place of the earthly and the divine. Although us humans hold tight to the visible and the physical, the angel allows us to look into the divine, the invisible, into everything that transcends our understanding. The angel allows us to perceive all things as suspended between heaven and earth.« (Nadav Fink)
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