Rossella Vasta, a spring 2012 honorary degree recipient at Stritch, presented her "Table of SIlence" today at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York in honor of the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Vasta is an internationally renowned artist, teacher, and lecturer. Since 2000, she has served as the director of Pieve International
School in Corciano, Italy. Since 2007, Vasta has created the
international artistic project “The Table of Silence” to convey peace and
tolerance worldwide. It lets individuals reflect that we share the same space
on Earth and are all invited to the same “table.”
In keeping with that
metaphor, Vasta has created 100 ceramic dishes. White is the color chosen to
represent silence, suggesting that fuller and richer dialogue can take place
with silence and attentive listening.
“The Table of Silence” is an
artistic space that allows people to initially reflect and then enter into
dialogue. The dishes become an offering to humanity and five artists from
around the world will be chosen to create additional ceramic dishes to replace
those made by Vasta.
In this way they will be “offering” their own dishes to
the table. In each country that the table is exhibited, collaboration will
occur with local artists so the installation becomes like a host preparing the
table for guests. The table will end its journey once the original dishes have
been replaced. Learn more at www.tableofsilence.com.
At Stritch, collaboration occurred with Teri Wagner, former associate professor of art, who was the first guest
artist to create a ceramic dish as an offering for the project. Wagner’s dish,
along with one of Vasta’s, can be viewed in a display case across from St.
Francis of Assisi Chapel on the Stritch campus.
In addition to New York, “The
Table of Silence” has also been presented in the Piazza of San Rufino in Assisi,
where Pope Emeritus Benedict met with religious leaders in October 2011.