November 13, 2014
Shantell Martin’s bold black and white drawings have been inspiring us all year. Martin’s graphic line drawings explore identity, both her own and that of the world around her, while she records her personal experiences as a small part of a larger whole. Her combination of high art and design with the commercial quotidian creates a fanciful dreamscape for play and exploration. Some of our favorite projects include her collaboration with Kelly Wearstler at Wearstler’s flagship boutique in Los Angeles, California, and her work with the MIT Media Lab, which sprung from her series of Printed Circuit Boards, a collaboration with engineer Jonathan Bobrow examining the intersection of technology and art. As a visiting scholar, Martin documented her first week at MIT in an incredible mural entitled “I Am Here” in the Media Lab. Check out a video detailing the process, as well as all of her incredible work, on her website.