am pleased to recommend the art work of Lisa Rose
I am especially
familiar with her "Zohar Series",
which is based on the masterpiece of Jewish mysticism, Sefer ha-Zohar
("The Book of Radiance"), a poetic, mystical commentary
on the Bible, composed in 13th century Spain. I know the Zohar well.
For twenty years I served as Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the
Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Currently I am
producing the first annotated English translation of the Zohar,
a project funded by the Pritzker family of Chicago.
Ms. Rose's drawings
and paintings succeed brilliantly in conveying the intense spiritual
energy of the Zohar. She translates the passion and fervor of the
mystic quest into bold imagery and vibrant color. Contemplating her
work, one senses the aura of mystery, the yearning to transcend, the
interplay between light and darkness.
Often mystics are
uncomfortable with the material world. Yet one of the unique qualities
of the Zohar is its insistence that spirituality embraces the material
dimension, that the physical world is not to be denigrated. Lisa Rose
manages to capture this holistic quality of the Zohar. In her work
you perceive the cosmic dance of the earthy and the spiritual, the
sensual and the sublime.
Gazing at her art
is both an aesthetic and a spiritual experience. I recommend her work
highly and unreservedly..."
Daniel C. Matt