Click-clack! Lisa Roze captures a sparkling image and suspends time. Former assistant to Paolo Roversi a decade ago, she has created her own aesthetic universe and found her artistic family. She uses film and daylight only because she enjoys the living interaction with matter and letting magic be part of the creative process. She enriches her original shot by manually superimposing images. Her genre of predilection is portrait, mainly of artists, because it creates an encounter between two artistic worlds. Her work is all about alchemy, about inventiveness in fruitfully associating images, sensibilities, and creative forces. Her latest show, Bubbles, is a dialogue between her eye and music: she took portraits of musicians she feels a connection with and worked her magic on each shot, giving every picture her unique touch. The exhibit provided an iPod under each picture so the viewers could immerse themselves in the music of the model and sink into the image. Keep your eyes wide open! lisaroze.com – myspace.com/lisaroze
Musical illustrator or sound designer, Beatrice Ardisson is the mind and the ear behind five compilations (La Musique de Paris Derniere 1-5) of very rare, funny, original, hipster covers of classic musical hits. It all started with a late night Paris TV show in which she chose to play only cover songs. Her unlimited and unfailing ability for unearthing musical gems that allow us to rediscover totally and differently songs known by heart assured her success. In a sense, she has the gift to freshen our ear, by presenting new interpretations of overheard songs, in the same way that Lisa Roze has the talent to visually strike our sensibility in a unique fashion, by mixing images unexpectedly and creatively. They both work, either through sound or through sight, on finding a renewed and original access to our sensitivity and our imagination. In this perspective, associating the picture of Beatrice Ardisson with an ancient painting makes total sense. ardisong.com
An amazing guitarist, musician, lyricist and singer, -M- is one the most successful pop artists in France. He started working with Lisa Roze as early as 1998, when she created the cover and all the artwork for his first album, and their artistic collaboration continues to this day. -M- is actually the public alter ego of Mathieu Chadid. A crazy character with hair waxed in the shape of the letter M, extravagant clothing with a trend for pink, and a high-pitched voice, his concerts are always brilliant stage performances. But -M- is not only about the music; M is also about a visual universe that owes a lot to Lisa Roze’s creativity (CD covers, booklets, books, press). She uses various creative means such as collage and image layering and brings all of that together with her shots to create a genuinely unique style. Lisa Roze and -M- also share the same humor and playfulness and the same taste for ludic and surreal situations. This shot is typical of the magic they can work together. qui2nous2.com
Black Thought (The Roots)
Black Thought, MC and lead rapper of The Roots (co-founded with ?uestlove), is widely praised for his lyrics’ political bent, his flow’s complexity, and his outstanding live performances. Like M. Luther, Lisa Roze met Black Thought during The Roots’ OkayPlayer Tour in 2004. A long-time fan of the Philly-based hip-hop band, Lisa Roze seized the opportunity to work with them and to portray Black Thought in a way unseen before. She enjoys enriching a simple original shot with images of her own aesthetic gallery, intertwining visual sensibilities that we wouldn’t usually associate, therefore creating a true original portrayal that leads its path to the viewer’s intimate imagination. It’s important to her to work with artists she really connects with because it allows her to transform that inspiration in her own photographic language. And indeed, doesn’t the proud and pure swan somehow echo and symbolize Black Thought’s fierce political engagement and lyrical sharpness? myspace.com/blackthought
Born to a preacher father and schoolteacher mother, Saul Williams has grown up in the love for the spoken and written word. Poet, preacher, writer, actor, singer, rapper, musician, etc., he cherishes and uses any means of expression that let him reach out to the world in a conscious and soul-awakening way.Very admiring of his artistic and political commitment and of his virtuosity at marrying true poetry to hip-hopmusic, Lisa Roze used her own skill and talent to merge apparently disparate visual elements into a consistent and meaningful picture to portray him. Saul Williams and Lisa Roze share this magic and generous ability to push the frontiers of genre, to outgrow definite categories, and to address people in a groundbreaking manner by creatively blending together literature and hip-hop music for Williams, aesthetic themes and techniques for Roze. They’re also both proactive about upholding what or whom they believe in.
Multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician, producer and actor (he plays in Julie Taymor’s yet-to-come film Across the Universe), Martin Luther is on a mission to inspire you and to stimulate you with his fiery combination of rock and soul, his uplifting and self-empowering lyrics, and his mesmerizing voice. Lisa Roze and Martin Luther met while he was touring with The Roots in 2004 and they deeply connected; she with his music (the album Rebel Soul Music for instance), and he with her poetic, inspired and powerful imagery. In the same way that Martin Luther defines his music as rebel because it’s revolutionary in the sense that it encourages you to change and to grow, Lisa Roze’s images catch your eyes by surprise and free your visual imagination. He says about her, Art moves me. Artists move me and I have an attraction to the work of Lisa Roze because she is a fine artist who, through her own divinings, creates magic: visual magic. She is an alchemist. I am her muse.
First published in movmnt magazine “Out of Line” Spring 2007 issue