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Glass is an appropriate medium for Tennessee Tech University bachelor of fine arts student Susan Clark to promote the metaphysical nature because both can be broken down.

Entitled In-Closure, Clark’s BFA thesis exhibit at the Appalachian Center for Craft will explore life as a metaphor. The show runs April 28 through May 1 in Gallery One from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. A reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“I first conceived this body of work as physically realized metaphors — metaphors for the pressure I feel about the ideas of life, or the origins of life, and the cessation of a living entity, be it by force, by choice, or simply by natural reasons,” Clark said.

“At times, the ideas become so convoluted and complex that I will then break down the concept into descriptive or emotional terms, such as pressure, piercing, penetration, etc. This way I can create a piece of sculpture that will simply concentrate on that one tangible reflection of a word, so that I may begin to communicate my content on a more simplified and controlled level,” she continued.

Clark has received numerous awards, scholarships and recognition in the past two years. She was elected in the spring of 2004 as the student representative on the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society, an international professional glass art organization.

Clark represents student glass artist from around the world and will head the student-oriented portion of the GAS Conference to be held in Adelaide, Australia, this spring.

After graduation, she plans to move to Seattle, the center for contemporary glass art in the United States, to further work with prestigious glass artists.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is conveniently located approximately six miles from I-40 at exit 273. Go south on Hwy. 56 and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. For more information, contact Gail Looper at 931/372-3051.