Eli T. Mond is the pseudonym of David A. Davis, an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Dearborn, MI. His work is heavily influenced by world mythology and the occult, and actively explores the intersections of language, mysticism, and experience. He is the founder of Hyperlimenous (f.k.a. The Ibis Head Review), a contemporary art and culture platform, and has had work published in various journals. He also works as a member of the Fishnet Artist collective in Dearborn, as well as the online writer’s collective turned literary publication, Silver Pinion.
On Mysticism: I believe human beings are inherently spiritual creatures, perpetually searching within and without for signs of something beyond our immediate 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 concepts 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.