Enochian experiment – ‘Debut/Fin’

The Enochian experiment is based upon a personal interpretation of the Enochian Key. The Enochian Key is a language written down by John Dee in the 16th century, when he was said to be spoken to by angels. According to Dee’s journals, angelical was supposed to have been the language God used to create the world, and which was later used by Adam to speak with God and the angels, and to name all things in existence.

For every Enochian syllable, there’s an English equivalent. Each letter has various characteristics: a symbol, a numerical value, one (or in some cases two) colors, a chemical symbol and so on. I abstracted the symbols by forming a grid in which every Enochian letter can be placed. The design of the symbols depend on its own characteristics, f.e. the thickness/weight of the line may be set by its numerical value. When doing this with every letter of a word, illustrations are formed. The main idea is to create illustrations not influenced directly by own emotions but by following a calculation or a code.

These illustrations show the words ‘Debut’ and ‘Fin’. The prints were made for the closing exhibition of the graphic school I studied in 2015. One was hanging at the start of the exhibition, the other at the end. Different to the black and white prints for ‘Earth, Air, Fire and Water’, more values were used to form the illustrations: the weight of each line and the dashes depend on its numerical value, the colors depend on the classical elements …

 Enochian experiment