Friday, September 6, 2013

Spirit Mediums

And showers of blood will fall from Heaven and rivers will turn to blood. And the fishes of the seas will perish;
and fire will come up out of the midst of the deep.

A Hand stretched out in the Firmament above. And a loud voice declaring Judgement. The Voice Rolling.
My Time Hath Come.

How beautiful art thou clothed O Zion! But a day of darkness - shall come upon thee.
Then I will be thy light saith Jehovah.
By night I will guide thee by a Pillar of Fire and by day thou shalt be lighted by my Eternal Brightness.

Dove with Rings

According to the exhibition catalog, Heavenly Visions: Shaker Gift Drawings & Gift Songs, many of the concoctions seen here began life as divine inspirations. These were put on paper by women recognized within the group as spirit-mediums. Their creations (dating mainly from the first half of the 19th century) were assessed and displayed in 2001 at UCLA's Hammer Museum.