The pilgrimage may have its origin in medieval Europe,
but these days a sacred journey can take all kinds of
forms, literal and figurative.
The themes of “journey” and “place” inspired artist
Stefani Rossi, whose exhibition
Circuitous Center (
Dean Gallery, Wabash College, last March 15 to April
represented a year and a half of work and explored
the paths we take in life and the things we bring with us.
Among its contents were seven handmade books; seven
videos; two collections of 104 3-by-4-inch panels with
images related to journeys—a labyrinth shape overlaying
a sketch of a worn-out pair of shoes, for example; and
a canopy of more than 1,000 silver-leafed ginkgo leaves
pictured here, titled “Quiescent”).
Medieval church architecture influenced how Ste-
fani arranged her work in the gallery. Through small,
personal encounters, often juxtaposing natural elements
such as scorched tree branches with contemporary
technology projecting videos or other images, Stefani
encouraged viewers to stop and discover. “The paths we
find ourselves on, and the things we carry with us as we
meander, determine how we walk through the world,”
says Stefani. As in most of life’s journeys, Stefani had
assistance along the way in this endeavor. Her work-
study students learned new skills and helped with some
aesthetic decisions. (That’s Stefani with a student in the
photo at upper right.)
Stefani is a visiting professor of art at Wabash
College and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from
Colorado State University. Before joining the Wabash
faculty in 2011 she taught at Slippery Rock University
and Colorado State. You can view more of Stefani’s art at
Photos—This and facing page: Jeanne Adams. Column at right: top,
Sarah Rossiter ’97; second from top, Kendal Barker; bottom two,
Stefani Rossi.
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