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Meet Laine Gay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laine Gay.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up right outside of Atlanta, so I spent a lot of time visiting the city and getting to know the culture. My family are big supporters of the arts and have always encouraged creativity. I have always loved creating, but it wasn’t until about four years ago I decided to focus more seriously on my artwork, so I became an art major. I fell in love with art and using it as a form of therapy. Art has truly given my life purpose. After graduating from Georgia College & State University with a degree in studio art, I moved to Atlanta to pursue a career as an artist.

Please tell us about your art.
My artwork focuses on sexual violence, mental health, and women empowerment. I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, so I work to bring awareness to the lifelong impacts that come with experiencing trauma. I make art to not only help myself heal from my past but also let other survivors out there know they aren’t alone. In my most recent installation titled, “Trigger Warning” I recreated my childhood bedroom, including 24 various sized paintings, a bed, end table, and a closet. The goal of this installation was to reclaim my bedroom as a place of safety as well as create a platform where I no longer have to remain silent. I use painting as a way to depict my own personal experiences and recovery. In one of my paintings, I have a quote that reads “silence is what’s keeping us sick” and I really believe that to be true. It is time for women to speak up and for people to believe women when they reach out for help.

Something that I want people to know about my artwork is it might look pretty upon first glance, but it is not for the faint-hearted. I tackle very serious issues with my work, and I use bright, pastel colors and florals to invite the viewer in for a closer look. I am fascinated with exploring the dichotomy between happy, bright colors and such sensitive and controversial concepts.

What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
It has become easier for artists to network and get their artwork out into the world through social media. I have met a lot of really skilled artists from all over the country through the internet which is awesome. It can bring you inspiration when you look at your favorite artists Instagram, but it can also lead to self-doubt and comparing yourself to other artists. So it’s important to put your phone down and focus on yourself every once in awhile.

I think cities should put funding into the arts to support artist and help them thrive in the community because we help make our city unique and beautiful. You can see how much Atlanta loves the arts when you drive throughout the city seeing the incredible murals or when you visit one of the many art galleries.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I don’t have any artwork currently being displayed, but you can keep up with my art through my social media or my website. I announce shows and exhibitions on Instagram and Twitter. I also have a shop on my website where people can buy my art!

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Laine Gay

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