We had the good fortune of connecting with Laine Gay and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Laine, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
It can be hard to tell whether the energy you’re putting in to something is successful. I firmly believe that when things start to get hard, that’s when you are being tried and that’s when persistence is so important. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. Failure is key to success, you can’t give up with every failure because failure is your teacher. She teaches you what works and what doesn’t so the next time you try you have more knowledge than the first time you tried. I have had artworks in the past that I had to completely start over on and when you hold up and compare the two pieces, you can see the mistakes that were made the first go around and you can see how I problem solved to fix these mistakes.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Art is how I process and make sense of emotions and trauma. When I was researching artistic influences in college I found it really hard to find artists making work about sexual violence in such an overt way, so I decided to be that artist. I want to talk about the hard things that shape women into resilient humans, and I work to bring awareness to this topic. Survivors are not alone and my work celebrates that. To get to where I am today professionally, required a lot of trust in myself. It is not always easy working towards becoming a full time artist and there are times when I doubt myself but giving up is not in my nature.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Honestly I am a bit of an introvert so I don’t get out too much, my favorite place to be is my studio over in East Atlanta. I always bring people to visit my studio because there are so many other amazing artists that have studios next to mine. It’s a cool little community of artists. My favorite coffee shop is on my way to my studio and its called Hodgepodge coffee! They’re coffee is so yummy and I love the atmosphere of the shop! When I have guests in town I like to take them to GrindHouse Burgers or Little Rey’s because those are two of my absolute favorite restaurants. Theres also a bunch of really great galleries to visit in Atlanta so I usually check out what shows are going on!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to shout out my mentor from college, Ernesto Gomez, for always having my back and supporting my work especially when others didn’t. I would not be where I am today without his mentorship.

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