Below the surface of Shantell Martin’s signature black-and-white drawings is an artist’s inquiry into the role of artist and viewer. With a meditative process defined by an uninhibited flow, her compositions embody her internal state and the impermanence of the world around her. Exploring themes such as intersectionality, identity and play, Martin is a cultural facilitator, forging new connections between fine art, education, design, philosophy and technology.
A force of positivity and kindness, those who enter her orbit find authenticity with real education, real accountability, and real change. When, in 2020, she was asked by Microsoft’s Ad Agency to paint a Black Lives Matter mural while it was “still relevant,” her extended response made waves about performative allyship.