Lit Without Sherman

Artist creates wall paintings as tribute to Atlanta’s West End

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Felicia Feaster, Aug 08 2019

Artist Shanequa Gay’s exhibition at Hammonds House Museum, “Lit Without Sherman: A Love Letter to the West End,” is a bittersweet Valentine that celebrates a vibrant slice of Atlanta rapidly changing with gentrification.

Working in collaboration with Hammonds House executive director Leatrice Ellzy Wright, who wanted Gay to create a site-specific installation in the historic Victorian home’s galleries, Gay has delivered an immersive, celebratory experience so loaded with emotion, your heart could burst. Gay has a gift for visual storytelling and shows sophistication when it comes to dramatic build, sinking viewers deeper into her story as it unfolds in successive rooms of Hammonds House.