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My purpose in art-making is to bring to light that which is obscured by banality, confusion or fear; to pry at the sliver of space between normal and abnormal; to make seen that which is glossed over or shunted. In my work I seek to complicate subjects simplified by stereotypical descriptions and to challenge the popular unwillingness to be in conversation with the layers beneath. Informed by movements for justice and grassroots struggle, my subjects are often the marginalized; the peripheral bodies, landscapes, and moments that buttress our assumptions of the world. In my work I am not out to create a fixed type of change. Rather, my desire is to create mirrors that intensify the tension underlying our responsibility to these marginalized subjects; to exercise the permission that other artists, particularly other artists of color, have given me to be an artist; and to represent the perspectives that are often under-represented.
Tanya Lucia Bernard received her B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California (USC) as a Discovery Scholarship award recipient. Tanya’s primary artistic medium is photography, which she has practiced for over 10 years. For the past two years, as part of her ‘Dinner at My Place’ series, Tanya has hosted art-dinners (at her place) featuring personally envisioned and executed 3 course gourmet culinary works. Recently she teamed up with hotel banquet chef Makhtar Diop to take ‘Dinner at My Place’ to the next level. Tanya is also experimenting with adding a more performative element to her dinners; in 2012 in Havana, Cuba she included sound and interactive components to the work in a piece titled, ‘Table Talk.’ Beyond photography and cooking, Tanya also uses printmaking, drawing and performance to execute her artistic ideas; for Tanya this is art ‘by any means necessary.’