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Rachel Burrus’ Senior Photography Exhibition to Explore “Ethereal” Theme April 8

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 31, 2016 – King University senior Rachel Burrus will host “Ethereal,” her senior thesis exhibition showcasing 16 pieces from her photography collection. The show will take place during Art D’Vine on Friday, April 8 from 5-9 p.m. in the HP King Room located at the 620 State Restaurant & Venue. The showcase will include a reception, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artist.

“My show is titled ‘Ethereal.’ The word stood out when I began the creation process while building my theme,” says Burrus. “For me, ‘Ethereal’ is an exploration of how dreams evoke emotions within the human soul and how people are always reaching for a heavenly state or state of enlightenment. I challenged myself a great deal with this project both conceptually and technically. In the end, the concept is one of surrealist fine art photography.”

The April 8 exhibition is a change from Burrus’ usual style, which typically is focused on her love of the past. “I have always [been drawn to] vintage styles; it has always been prevalent in my work. For this show, however, I wanted to push the limits with my creative and technical abilities within both photography and design. ‘Ethereal’ has allowed my imagination to soar. In preparation for my senior thesis, I researched many photographers works; I was inspired most by Brooke Shaden. I loved the way she was able to manipulate and combine elements from different photographs, then make it into a complete piece of fine art.”

Rachel Burrus will graduate April 30, 2016, with a degree in Digital Media Art & Design with a concentration in Photography and a minor in English. Her career plans include opening a photography studio specializing in portraits and weddings, along with some fine art photography.

The senior thesis exhibition “Ethereal” by Rachel Burrus opening in the HP King Room at 620 State in Downtown Bristol is free and open to the public.


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