Transubstantiation: Cana, St. Francis Robe, and other relics

Madeleine Hatz and Ann Shostrom

March 30 to April 24

Students, faculty and guests participated in an open art studio organized by Penn State School ofVisual Arts Assistant Professor Ann Shostrom and Artist and Co- lecturer at The StuckemanSchool of Architecture, Madeleine Hatz. The collaboration took place in the Borland ProjectSpace from March 30–April 24.

Shostrom and Hatz worked with donated materials, such as used clothing and linens. Sewingmachines, tools, dying, and paper making facilities were available. Individuals and classes wereencouraged to participate in seeing what they can make from the materials at hand.
Artistic processes as ritual connect us to a community both in our time and in art history. ArtePovera, the art movement in Italy in the 1960’s emphasized the use of humble materials, whichwere thus elevated, transformed into a higher level. St. Francis stands for humility and poverty.

Jesus’ first public performance turned water into wine at “Cana.” This metamorphosis was an act of kindness, saving the wedding celebration from disaster, and encouraging a profound marriage bond through communal altered states and ritual. Today’s reality calls for rethinking our relation to materials, consumerism, and cooperation.

For the final day of this project on April 24, the workshop was emptied out, and the stage set for a new phase: “Relics” which included documentation of the entire project, and an exhibition ofselected work from the open studio. Madeleine Hatz performed “Il Poverello” at 5pm, followed by a reception.