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LINES, the first monograph on Shantell Martin charts her career including early pieces such as “ Dear Grandmother” a 2003 collaboration between the artist and her Gran, large-scale murals, commissions and collaborations with museums, institutions and fashion brands. It also features an essay by Katharine Stout the Deputy Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London.
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Hans Ulrich Obrist: The last time we spoke you explained to me that you have this system, ‘methodology’ is maybe the word that you used, where you draw very fast – speed drawing – with a line that jumps ahead. Then there is a second layer, where you look at the shapes being created and fill them out. How did you come up with that system?
Shantell Martin: It came over time. The great thing about making art is that you have the time to reflect back on it. I’ve found that people who draw tend to inflict rules on themselves.