This virtual TED talk by artist Shantell Martin explores how being at home has impacted individuals' view of themselves and others. Speaking about the recent changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Martin explains that "we've all begun to understand how our relationship with ourselves, with each others and the spaces we exist in can deeply impact our sense of identity and purpose."
She goes on to explain the current sense of distance everyone is experiencing and suggests drawing as a creative outlet to reconnect with oneself and others. Shantell Martin speaks about her childhood in London and being different, sharing how art helped her overcome racism, homophobia, and moments of sadness and loneliness.
"In this brilliantly visual talk featuring her signature freestyle line work -- drawn across everything from the screens of Times Square to the bodies of New York City Ballet dancers -- Martin shares how she found freedom and a new perspective through art" while exposing raw and personal moments that made her the powerful artist she is today.