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Allentown, PA (February 24, 2005) - Papermaking and fibers artist, Mary Hark, will display a selection of her work with fiber for an exhibition titled, "Circumstantial Evidence." The exhibit will be on display in the Tompkins Gallery and will open on Monday, March 21, 2005 with an artist talk from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., followed by a reception for the artist.

Some of the works featured in this exhibition are from a series titled "Near Where I Live," and are constructed primarily from handmade flax and linen papers, with linen cloth and other materials that carry a variety of surface qualities. "The series considers the traces we leave on the materials we live with," says Hark. "I am interested in placing side by side ideas that embrace the ordinariness of a blanket or other domestic cloth with ideas of place and time that are suggested by maps."

Hark describes the outcome of her particular process as constructed paintings that explore, among other things, the intrinsic properties of handmade paper. Many of Hark's pieces, while considered paper, do not have the straight edges that most people associate with a piece of paper. "I build this work by continually fixing the mistakes: cutting out, covering up and adding a new bit, until it feels complete and beautiful," says Hark. "With this accumulation of attention and labor, sometimes the worst mistakes yield the most beautiful surface."

Mary Hark received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently she teaches at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and conducts workshops at art centers and universities around the country. Hark maintains a studio producing one of a kind artworks that are exhibited nationally, as well as a small paper mill which specializes in high quality flax and linen papers used in fine binding.

The exhibit will run from March 21, 2005 through April 17, 2005 and is free and open to the public. The Tompkins Gallery is located in the Tompkins College Center at Cedar Crest College and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. For more information, please contact Vicki DaSilva, gallery coordinator, at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.



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