They say a picture can paint a thousand words and MTSU student Priyanka Modi took her shots at doing so in her photographic series titled “Temporary Memories.”
The British photographer-designer was selected by university professors to present her series in a Spring 2017 group show that has been on display since late March at the Murfree Art Gallery in Murfreesboro.
The public is invited to a reception that will be held 3 to 4 p.m., Friday, May 5, at The Murfree Art Gallery, which is located in room 218 on the second floor of the Property Assessor’s office in the Rutherford County Office Building at 319 Maple St. in Murfreesboro.
“Temporary Memories” is a series of 10 triptych-like environmental portraits that document the various environments and atmospheres one could experience at a range of eateries in the Murfreesboro-Nashville area while reflecting upon the ideas of memory-making events in daily life. The photographs are a composition of old photographic materials mixed with digital output that provide an insightful commentary on the medium.
Priyanka moved to the U.S. in 2010 and has since earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from East Tennessee State University. Her passion for photography led her to return to college and pursue a bachelor’s degree in photography from MTSU. She aims to produce designs that are beautiful yet functional and photography that provides commentary on topics of issue.
This show also embraces students from or affiliated with the MTSU Department of Art. This includes Iska Frosh, senior, behavioral and health sciences; Chris Banyai, senior, liberal arts; Kara Stallings, junior, liberal arts; Marissa Skinner, senior, behavioral and health sciences; Tanner Pancake, junior, liberal arts; Meghan Kreger, senior, liberal arts; and Amy Maggard, junior, liberal arts.
Organizers say the variety of their work is such that a number of media are represented including acrylic, encaustic, mixed media, monotype, oils, pastels, and wood block.
For additional information on Murfree Art Gallery and the current roster of participating art students please visit: http://www.mtsu.edu/art/gallery-murfree.php. For further information about Priyanka Modi’s work, including her design and photography services, please visit her website at www.priyankamodi.com.