Like her grandfather, Fausto Tasca, Sandra Tasca has devoted her life to the visual arts. She trained in photography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Master of Fine Art. She studied book design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Sandra also completed a Master of Theological Studies at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California.
Sandra now focuses her energy on creating beautifully designed books intended to be viewed on an electronic screen. These works are called "Illuminated Manuscripts."
The title of her new work plays on the name of Medieval and Renaissance books which were “illuminated” through the use of gold or silver leaf. The ancient works were also illuminative in that they presented spiritual subject matter designed to open the heart and spirit to deeper growth. Like the ancient books, these manuscripts are evangelical in intent. They are, in part, inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s exhortation to evangelize through “The Way of Beauty.”
As was the case with early European works, Sandra's Illuminated Manuscripts contain images and words. The texts are sourced primarily from the great age of western European manuscripts, which roughly spans the 5th to the 15th centuries. The photographs are all original images by Sandra Tasca.
The Illuminated Manuscripts can be read online at Sandra's Blurb Bookstore. They are also available for purchase at Blurb.
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Conversations & Letters: Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection
A translation from the French of four conversations between Brother Lawrence and his confessor. During the conversations Brother Lawrence speaks of his prayer life and his "practice of the presence of God."
Conversations & Letters also includes most of the known letters from Brother Lawrence. Brother Lawrence's writing is simple, but full of profound spiritual wisdom.
A Little Book of Saints
This Illuminated Manuscript presents photographic "portraits" of 12 heroes of Roman Catholic tradition. The portraits are still life photographs, created in the style of the great Spanish painter, Francisco Zurbaran.
Saints Patrick, Teresa of Avila, and Catherine of Siena are three of the holy men and women included in this work.
Journey of the Soul into God
This Illuminated Manuscript re-presents Bonaventure of Bagnoregio's spiritual guide to mystical union with God. In this work Bonaventure describes seven steps the "desiring soul" should follow to achieve the highest state of mystical contemplation. Journey of the Soul into God is considered a masterpiece of Medieval philosophy.