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From early beginnings with live performance drawing in the mega clubs of Tokyo, to her trademark continuous line, Martin's diverse work navigates many worlds.

A LIFE IN LINES

An immersive 360º video showcasing the opening of a solo gallery show in NYC.

New York
2016

“Shantell Martin: A Life in Lines” is a 360º is a video produced by Skillshare, which while viewing, allows the viewer to move their phone or click and drag the screen to accompany Shantell as she opens a solo gallery show in NYC, and opens up about her quest to define her creative style. Early on in the video, she is standing in front of a blank canvas at the 3 Howard Street gallery in Manhattan where she had a solo show called “Gone” in June of 2016, showing onlookers how she starts every drawing with a single line.

“This initial line for me is the DNA. It’s the structure. It’s the foundation of the drawing. It’s what holds it all together,” she tells her audience as she works in front of them. Shantell loves to work in public and show people how she creates the black-and-white drawings that she has become famous for. "Why are we here if it's not to share? We live, we share, then we die basically—not to be too morbid. If we're not here to share, or if we're not here to be open, then, for me, what's the point?"

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