Bethany Bernhardt (usually creating under the name DIZZEE B) is a Knoxville, TN based artist working in graphic design, video art, animation, fashion, photography, painting, and graffiti. Her work is heavily inspired by the 80’s NYC pop and street art scenes and ranges from self-expressionism to aimless aesthetic.
In my work I’m very interested in seeing how things flow and play out on their own. I very rarely put any planning into the work I make PAST A SINGLE NOTION OR IDEA. Instead, I start with one image or feeling that I can’t stop thinking about, and after drawing that, I continue working until the space is completely filled or THE feelING I ASSOCIATED WITH THE ORIGINAL THOUGHT IS APPARENT TO ME.
I tend to use bright, solid colors in most of my work because I feel the largeness and eye-catching allure of them reflect the largeness and fixation of the images or feelings that inspired the piece. IN OTHER WORDS, MY FEELINGS ARE OFTEN TOO MUCH AND I NEED TO PRESENT THEM IN AN (OFTEN CODIFIED) WAY TO FULLY COPE WITH AND EXPRESS THEM.
MY WORK IS LARGELY SELF-EXPRESSIONISM, WHETHER THAT IS INSPIRED BY AN EXPERIENCE I'VE HAD, A FANTASY, A THOUGHT, A FEELING, OR AN AESTHETIC I'M EXPLORING. HOWEVER, MY MAIN GOAL IN CREATION, ASIDE FROM THERAPEUTIC EXPULSION, IS HEARING OTHERS INTERPRETATIONS OF WHAT A PIECE MEANS TO THEM, BECAUSE AS SOON AS A PIECE IS SEEN BY SOMEONE ELSE, IT'S NO LONGER SOLELY MINE, AND THE PERSONAL MEANING I'VE ASCRIBED TO IT IS NO LONGER IT'S SOLE MEANING. THIS SHARED EXPERIENCE, AS WELL AS THE DIVERSITY IN PERSONAL INTERPRETATION, IS BOTH A GOAL IN MY WORK, AND A CELEBRATION OF THE MANIFOLDNESS OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE THAT I HOPE IT REPRESENTS.