Below the surface of Shantell Martin’s characteristic black and white compositions is an artists’ inquiry into the role of artist and viewer. In Martin’s world, a work of art is inseparable from its creator and its audience, and art is more than an object of admiration disconnected from the process of its inception.
Exploring themes such as identity, storytelling and activism, she sees her work as a vehicle to forge new connections between fine art, education, design, philosophy and technology — the glue in an increasingly interdisciplinary world. Her methodical practice of bringing the audience and surroundings into her drawings is a reflection on ever changing time and space and the role of artist as cultural facilitator.
In addition to prestigious solo shows at some of the most renown art institutions including the 92Y Gallery in New York City, the iconic Albright Knox gallery and the MoCADA Museum, Martin has carved a path for herself that is as much intellectual as visual artist.
During her two year tenure as a MIT Media Lab Visiting Scholar, Martin collaborated with MIT’s social computing group to explore the interaction of social processes with physical spaces, and developed a series of sensor PCBs with her line drawings. At the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Martin created a large scale wall installation and worked with the Institute’s research group to explore how visual and computerised storytelling might influence media and technology innovation.