Paintings, pottery, photography and art come together in a show by Lisa Schirch, peacebuilding artist and practitioner-in-residence, on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m., in the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) library gallery.
“Pax Bellissima,” which means “beautiful peace” in Latin, uses three mediums to illustrate and articulate the use of arts as a practice of reflection and transformation in peacebuilding.
“We talk at EMU about being ‘reflective practitioners’ who use our right and left brains to process and prepare our work,” says Schirch. “The show includes my pottery, paintings and photographs – but the point is not these products. The point of the show is the process of making these art forms.”
Drawing on artistic inspiration from Gustav Klimt to Sigmar Polke and from the Italian Renaissance to Indigenous art, Schirch explains that the show relates her work in Washington and Afghanistan to coming to terms with the costs and challenges of peacebuilding efforts and her own Mennonite heritage.
The show is presented by EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) and the Visual and Communication Arts department.