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

Ben Fowler & Garrett Glasgow, Editors in Chief

  • Assistant Editors: Kit Stevens, Ella Houden, Jack Vitek, and Laura Summerfield
  • Art, Video, and Photo Editors: Garrett Glasgow and Ella Houden
  • Staff: Angel Wang and Caelum van Ispelen

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

Graphic design collage of woman and butterflies

2020 Volume 15

Collage by Alex Armknecht