Arts

‘Speaking Of The Arts’ With Shanequa Gay

The Japanese Atlanta restaurant, Umi, commissioned Shanequa Gay to create an installation about social distancing last fall.
The Japanese Atlanta restaurant, Umi, commissioned Shanequa Gay to create an installation about social distancing last fall.
Credit Kaya Faery

Shanequa Gay is a “world-building multimedia artist;” a painter, installation artist, performance artist, photographer, videographer, and sculptor. Gay’s work centers around “ritual, memory, storytelling, and fantasy.”

Inspired by her ancestors and the Atlanta community, she also draws energy from music. “Trap music is a form of praise and worship,” said Gay.

From her origins painting directly on the walls of her childhood home, she began her career in art at Savannah College of Art and Design and Georgia State University, continuing on to create works that are now being featured at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

Gay’s work often explores the “multitudes and divinity of Black women,” in an effort to mend wounds suffered by a belabored and long-suppressed community.

More information about her work and upcoming exhibitions can be found at www.shanequagay.com.

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