Eli T. Mond is the pseudonym of David A. Davis, a writer, artist, and mystic from Detroit, MI. He is the Founding Editor of Hyperlimenous (f.k.a. The Ibis Head Review), a contemporary art and culture site, and has had work published in various journals. He is also a member of the Silver Pinion poetry collective, alongside Rus Khomutoff, Casimir Wojciech, and Joseph Delgado, as well as the Fishnet Artist Collective in Dearborn, MI.
On Mysticism: I believe human beings are inherently spiritual creatures, perpetually searching within and without for signs of something beyond our sphere of comprehension. As a species, we’ve spent millions of years creating, reforming, and reviving stories meant to explain the seemingly inexplicable mysteries of life. On the surface, these tales from around the globe and throughout time may seem too different to speak of in the same breath. However, by utilizing various styles of poetry, music, and visual art, my goal is to not only explore the differences between these myths but to engage with their unifying similarities, the elements that speak to us all, regardless of our backgrounds. As a self-described mystic with an eclectic Neopagan spirituality, my creations also serve as a representation of my personal connection to the Divine. My work aims to be a conversation between the past and the present, a dialogue rooted in a desire to create a future built on respectful and responsible understandings of humanity's oldest spiritual traditions. It is my goal to explore the human condition, in all its existential highs and lows, through an explicitly mystical lens, imbuing everyday moments with the sublimity of spiritual transcendence.
On Language: As a poet who has transitioned into the visual arts, my interest lies at the intersection of sight and semantics, specifically the ways visual mediums can potentially dissolve the need for and effectiveness of words. Unlike my work as a writer, where I look to create and describe experiences using the written word as a primary medium, much of my visual works aim to create a vague impression of linguistic meaning (i.e., a ghost of what was once written), rather than perpetuate an "objective" understanding of what a word or phrase means. Operating in stark opposition to my love and deep appreciation for the written word, I actively seek to dissolve the importance of linguistic meaning within the visual realm.
On the Politics of Identity: As a Black, gay artist, the intersectional nature of my identity plays an essential role in my understanding of the world. I am made perpetually aware of the inherent weight my presence brings to a space, forcing me to navigate life equipped with an ever-growing consciousness that simultaneously plagues and liberates me. With this in mind, the work I do that focuses on the politics of both personal and collective identity seeks to give form to the daily conversations I have with myself.