Shanequa Gay Installation

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


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.

Shanequa Gay’s “LIT WITHOUT SHERMAN” proves that love never fails community



 A community’s appearance can be rearranged, but its heartbeat — the character of those who live community – cannot. Artist Shanequa Gay’s murals speak to history and community in LIT WITHOUT SHERMAN: A Love Letter to the West End. The exhibition, which took Gay 21 days to complete, is a labor of love and a testament to Gay, whose work can be “public- and exchange-based, explore current social and ethical issues, and focus on the experiences of African-ascendant bodies and communities.” As a child, Atlanta artist Shanequa Gay spent time in West End at her grandmother’s Oak Street home. Her murals, including specially designed toile schema wallpaper (a simple, repeating decorating pattern), take up almost every inch of the museum’s wall space without compromising its Victorian style.