3rd International Symposium on Contemporary Mosaic
Udine, It, 2-14 October 2017
Giulio Menossi, Artistic Director
Seven artists from seven countries came together in Maestro Giulio Menossi's Udine studio to interpret the first seven stations of the cross. Our belief traditions were as diverse as our nationalities - from Muslim to athiest - so we were all challenged to find the universality in each of the station vignettes; the parts of each story that resonated with our humanity. My station was No. 4: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus, and comes away with an image of his face on her veil. I'd been experimenting in my studio with chipping the surface off of glazed crockery and polished granite, and had brought some of both with me to Italy. As I thought about how the act of chipping away the surface revealed the raw beauty of each material, it occurred to me that this could serve as an expression of how Christ's painful final journey, carrying his cross and being beaten and ridiculed by soldiers and crowds, revealed his humanity, his willingness to sacrifice himself for others. It also spoke to Veronica casting aside fear and consequence to reveal a heart of compassion for the broken, bleeding Jesus. It was both a challenge and a great pleasure to interpret this story in such diverse and lovely company. Our finished works will hang in the local Udine church pictured above, to be joined by the remaining seven interpretations that will be completed in summer 2018 by the next Udine symposium artists.