I believe this image was inspired by a story in the first Seven Archangels book, “An Arrow In Flight” (as yet unpublished) where Remiel has just been through a rather harrowing experience and turns, catching sight of herself in a mirror.
Mirrors are awful for Remiel in some ways. She used to have a twin — or rather, still does, but her twin fell at the time of the Winnowing. The twins used to both be just the Irin, completely identical, and Remiel didn’t receive her name until after her brother fell. Seeing herself in a mirror at the wrong time is just a reminder that she didn’t need a mirror to see herself once upon a time.
As a result, Remiel is an angel torn interiorly: she knows she’s who God wants her to be, but at the same time she hates herself, hates what she could have become and the self she can see as a fallen self. In Seven Archangels: Annihilation, that strain drives her mad. In Diinzumo’s drawing, it’s a knife in her heart.
I love her sense of motion, the whisper of this one slip of time between her having some control over her emotions and the turmoil you can feel about to happen. This picture has her at a precipice of tension, and I love the sense of transition.
Thank you, Diinzumo!