Exhibit showcasing artwork based on life and death behind bars stops in Chattanooga

"Thirteen Years Out of a Death Row Sentence (River)." A pen pal of Elkins' who is serving a death row sentence describes being baptized several years ago. The image was constructed out of his description of the river he wished to be baptized in. Elkins used appropriated images, which were then composited to account for the amount of years spent in prison.

If you go

› What: Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series featuring Amy Elkins› When: Daily through March 23› Where: Cress Gallery, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 752 Vine St.› Hours: 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 1-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday› Admission: Free› Phone: 423-425-4600› Artist website: amyelkins.com› Gallery website: cressgallery.org

The title of Los Angeles-based artist Amy Elkins' "Black is the Day, Black is the Night" is a pretty forthright description of its emotional timbre.

The multimedia exhibit is comprised of real and composite images, drawings, letters and other memorabilia based on the photographer's five-year correspondence with inmates serving out lifetime or death row sentences in complete isolation. Of the seven men with whom she corresponded between 2009 and 2014, two have been executed and two were released.