Early on in Shantell Martin: A Life in Lines, a 360-degree video produced by Skillshare, the artist is standing in front of a blank canvas at the 3 Howard Street gallery in Manhattan where she had a solo show called Gone this past June, 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.
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