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Allentown, PA (December 22, 2006) - Artist Sky Pape will present a selection of works from her most recent series, "Drawing Breath," in a new exhibit at Cedar Crest College.  The exhibit will open in the Tompkins Gallery on January 22, 2007 with a reception and artist talk at 3:00 p.m.  The exhibit runs through February 18, 2007 and is free and open to the public.

Pape's chosen discipline is drawing, with an approach of using traditional materials in unconventional ways.  "For most of us, before learning to read or write, drawing is our first language," says Pape.  "By using familiar materials like paper, ink, and graphite in unconventional ways, expanding the definition of drawing, my goal is to contribute to the growing vocabulary of this fundamental visual language, while strengthening the appreciation of drawing as a significant artistic discipline in its own right."

To create the work for the series Drawing Breath, the artist blows ink onto paper with a tube, and the paper itself is integral. Several sheets may be cut and layered in a single work to create depth, shadows, translucencies, and nuances of color.  "The idea of drawing with the paper instead of just upon it is generally characteristic of my approach to my materials.  In a sense, I breathe life into these drawings, using my lungs to propel the ink."

For Pape, the choice of materials also reflects her personal views and support of social and environmental causes.  The handmade paper she uses for her drawings comes primarily from Nepal and Japan.  The Nepalese paper is made from plants that regenerate quickly, providing a renewable resource for the artisans whose livelihoods depend on the region's fragile ecosystem. Purchasing such paper returns proceeds to the cooperatives that make it, directly supporting workers in rural and urban areas of Nepal. In Japan, as time-honored traditions of papermaking wane dramatically, some master paper-makers are now being recognized as National Cultural Treasures.  "In addition to viewing my work as an unspoken collaboration with these distant paper-makers, I believe that use of these special materials positively supports culture, commerce, and environmental responsibility."

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Sky Pape attended Queen's University in Canada before moving to New York City, where she studied at Parsons School of Design and The Art Students League of New York.  Pape's work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and other prestigious public and private collections. She has exhibited extensively and received numerous awards and honors, including significant grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the E.D. Foundation. Sky Pape is represented by June Kelly Gallery in New York City, and d.e.n. contemporary in Los Angeles.

The Tompkins Gallery is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  For more information, please contact Brian Wiggins, gallery coordinator, at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.



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