As a visual artist, Shanequa Gay’s work evaluates place, tradition, storytelling and subject matter to develop imaginative dialogues and alternative strategies for self-imaging. In this exclusive video, ArtsATL and G Channel videographer Felipe Barral visits Gay in her studio to talk about her work.
She wants to create new mythologies for women of African descent, she tells Barral. “Through installations, paintings, performance, video and monumental sculptural figures, I am fabricating environments of ritual and memorial, depicting amalgamated images of familiar iconography, new gods and mythical figures whose lives have been impacted by systemic inequalities,” she says.
“By developing counter and reimagined narratives that live within the duality of physical and spiritual worlds, I am exploring the historical and contemporary social concerns of hybrid cultures, through the gaze of the female progenitor, and how these cultures have often been rendered invisible and their identities denied.”