Camille de la Rosa Invites Viewers to Find the Chalice of Knowledge

De la Rosa’s Chalice offers us some “unseen” realities to reflect upon, and that is our real Self which was hidden for so long by our extreme submission to our bodily, earthly desires.

The Chalice tries to tell us that by giving up our selfish, earthly desires, our personality can rejuvenate and we can travel over the waters of uncertainty and chaos without being affected, like the vasilisk genus (commonly known as Jesus Christ lizard) looking at the Chalice.

Resurrecti Scientia (The Rise of Wisdom), on the other hand, is a compound statement of the images of Wisdom, combined in one picture.

The image of a woman, with the cerebellum cut open as its face, with a complete set of teeth serving as an ornament of the forehead, the seem-to-be kissing half men and half women, which ears serve as the ears of the central image, seems to tell her viewers that Wisdom (the Woman) is summoning, persuading all of us to listen to Her.

In Astrology, the Cow or Taurus, whose element is the Earth, symbolizes development and intelligence; the Crane, in the Chinese esoteric art also symbolizes the pure and ever free Wisdom of the Ancient; and the child is the symbol of unadulterated or pure Wisdom, based on the Gnostic traditions.

The legs, which are the emblem of strength, stability and expedition, are also the semiotic of the five characteristics of Wisdom: (1) Truth; (2) Righteousness; (3) Understanding; (4) Prudence; and (5) Life.

With these her latest works, De la Rosa is apparently inviting us to do what the noble and the good people did, long, long time ago, and that is, to get that unadulterated, ever pure wisdom. As the Hebrew tradition says, finding wisdom is the principal goal that a person must strive for. (

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