​Bio

Bethani Blake (b. 1999) is a visual artist based in Columbus, Ohio. She received her B.F.A in Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2021 and is a member of artist collectives CUMSHOT and Bigfoot. Blake has exhibited work in Georgia and Ohio and will be spending the Autumn of 2022 in Southern Japan to complete a two-month artist residency. 

 

Artist Statement

Blake translates a present day world that is infected with personal nostalgia, recontextualizing appropriated and personal images. Due to her being half-black in an immediate family of white people, she grew up surrounded by Hollywood iconography and other paraphernalia specific to white culture. This created within her a strong sense of agency modeled after her two older brothers. Blake chooses to acknowledge this connection which drives her to translate her experience in contemporary society with subject matter rooted in cultural movements specific to the turn of the twenty-first century.


Blake's practice revolves around the systematic processing of information she accesses online. From music to video games, celebrity and social issues, she creates new media work that highlights her relationship to the imagery. Blake is interested in the crossover of information and the irony of her position in the work she is investigating.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Savannah College of Art and Design 2021

BFA - Painting & Performing Arts

Exhibitions & Performances

2021 -  Drawing Works | Savannah, GA

            Fragments | Columbus, OH

            Hinterland Tour and Artist Talk with Andrew K. Shepherd | Instagram Live

            B.F.A Senior Showcase | Savannah College of Art and Design

2020 -  UNdefineD | Savannah, GA

            SCAD Open Studio (Spring) | Savannah, GA

            Read, Watch, Listen | Wexner Center for the Arts

            5 Questions with Bethani Blake | Connect Savannah 

            SCAD Open Studio (Fall) | Savannah, GA

2019 -  48 Hour Play Festival | Savannah College of Art and Design | 3rd Act 

            Polaroid Stories | Savannah College of Art and Design | 3rd Act

            The Hype | Twenty One Pilots

Awards

2021 - Summa Cum Laude | Savannah College of Art and Design

           Honorable Mention | B.F.A Senior Showcase | Savannah College of Art and Design

           Dean’s List (2017 thru 2021) | Savannah College of Art and Design

2017 -  Most Artistic/Creative Senior Superlative | Westerville South High School

2015 - Inducted Thespian | Westerville South High School | Troupe 513

           Best Actor Award  | Westerville South High School | Troupe 513