Below the surface of Shantell Martin’s signature black and white drawings is an artists’ inquiry into the role of artist and viewer, where a work of art is more than an object of admiration disconnected from its inception. 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.
In addition to prestigious solo shows at some of the most renowned 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 a producer and visual artist. During her two year tenure as an MIT Media Lab Visiting Scholar, Martin collaborated with the social computing group to use drawing as a medium to explore the interaction of social processes with physical spaces.
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 computerized storytelling might influence media and technology innovation.
A fashion and design icon in her own right, Martin has collaborated with iconic brands such as Nike, Vitra, Max Mara, Tiffany & Co., and in 2018, Puma launched a global capsule collection featuring her drawings. Martin has collaborated with legendary artists such as Pulitzer Prize-winning performance artist Kendrick Lamar and acclaimed designer Kelly Wearstler. In late 2018, she was asked to collaborate with the prestigious New York City Ballet, where she created large scale drawings in the performance hall and foyer of the Lincoln Center for the company’s celebrated Art Series. She continues to teach as an adjunct professor at NYU Tisch ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program), where she works with her students to push the boundaries of storytelling, visual art, and technology.
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Branding & Design by Anton & Irene with love
We are proud to announce Shantell Martin's latest collaboration with The North Face. The collection take inspirations from The North Face's archive pieces from the brand’s previous Search and Rescue collection, initially designed for the purpose of search and rescue mountain teams, with designs utilising material technology to ensure safety of the wearer and is reimagined through Shantell Martin's design. The collection includes jogging trousers, parkas, fleeces, t-shirts and hoodies made for mountain exploration, produced as a continuation of the brand’s original Search and Rescue edit. At the heart of the collection is an Oversized Sherpa Fleece, made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester and available in a print by Shantell Martin. Her original print symbolises the movements of humanity, climbing walls and overcoming challenges. It's rooted in the outdoor's sense of community but with an added edge of individuality.
“The specific drawing I have done for this, its about this idea of challenging yourself and climbing and expressing yourself in life,” Martin explains, in the video shared alongside the collection. “Searching is such a huge task, but also, I think, is rescuing. Rescuing is unveiling, is making things transparent, is making things accountable. It’s seeing things as they are and accepting what they should be.” - Shantell Martin
The collection is available in the UK and Europe at select retail partners and online here.
For US customers see here.
Video Directed by Keenan MacWilliam
Collection Lookbook Photographed by Jeremy Grier