Tesserae are tiny stones or pieces of glass cut to the desired shapes to use in mosaics. With the shimmer of reflected light, tesserae work together to create a sense of the hieratic, a Byzantine method of representation that gives the effect of the supernatural, dissolving matter and leaving the light of the spirit. The mosaics in the church of St. Mark’s in Venice use tesserae to form an interior space that is otherworldly.

My blood will transform into poison
From the tar, insomniac.
You have tired eyes, Child.
I’m starting to lose touch,
The concreteness of my world 
Fading to animation.
—Jack Vitek, "Living and Breathing"


Tesserae students

Kit Stevens, Editors in Chief

  • Editors: Caelum van Ispelen, Max Smart, Ella Houden, Gabriella Miranda, Nadia Scharfstein, Erin Stotts
  • Interview Editors: Evan Weinstein, James Obermark, Erika Prasthofer
  • Editorial Staff: Lauren Bates, Luc Dowdle, Caitlin Hauck, Izzi Hill, Connor Hughes Bellen, James Hunt, Phil Locke, Eric Lu, Reece Miller, Rosie Schaefer, Cambrin Taylor, Quinn Yeates

Special thanks to mentors Joel Long and Rob Mellor for their invaluable artistic input and constant support.


Detail from Fall, acrylic on canvas by Leah Button

We invite submissions from all students in the Rowland Hall Upper School.

The editorial staff reviews submissions of art and literature, ranking each work according to the aesthetic excellence. Works that receive the highest scores are included in the magazine.

Email Advisor Joel Long