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Drawing a Fine Line for Black Art with Visionary Artist, Shantell Martin
By Betti Halsell, Staff Writer
Published May 19, 2022

Art has many forms, for Shantell Martin, the connection to creative energy is bold and outlined, almost like a map.(Courtesy Image/ Photo by Michelle Mosqueda)

Art has many forms, for Shantell Martin, the connection to creative energy is bold and outlined, almost like a map.

“A foundation of lines… With any good, strong foundation you can then build whole new worlds on top of them,” Martin shared her definition of art from her perspective. She is a rising artist who showcases a contrast of bold jurisdiction within her pieces.

Martin reflected on her art and how it is an extension of her, she stated, “My art is my art, it’s an extraction and a reflection of myself, my journey, my experience, and the questions at my core in their visual form. I believe we all have a style within us, patterns that we repeat. One of the joys of being an artist is that you actually get to see what you look like on the outside.”

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Looking at the growth in innovation and creativity in the world, those seeking to create a new force of influence have marked their place on the timeline of existence. Considering the greater picture, Martin said, “I’m on my own path, making work, asking questions, collaborating–making and sharing. This path sometimes crosses over with a bigger one at work …”

Martin is being featured at the “THE FUTURE,” the multidisciplinary artist has created installations as well as a number of new pieces. From May 7-June 4, (Courtesy image/ Photo by Steph Encisco)

Martin’s devotion to representing art in the Black community runs deep, when asked of any pieces that are for people of color she said, “Only a lifetime of being me and living in my own skin as an artist.”

Martin is being featured at the “THE FUTURE,” the multidisciplinary artist has created installations as well as a number of new pieces. From May 7-June 4, Martin will showcase her signature bold line style that interprets intersectionality and identity. The idea is to connect art, design, and philosophy, with the audience of her art.

Subliminal Projects is located on 1331 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, California. According to the official press release, the space is defined as, “a multi-functional project space and gallery established by Shepard Fairey and Blaize Blouin in 1995 as a way to introduce skateboard culture and design to the art world. The concept grew and found roots later in Los Angeles, at a time when many artists found themselves shut out by the ‘art scene.’ “

One can follow Shantell Martin on Instagram at @shantell_martin and www.shantellmartin.art

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