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The Localist

Meet the Artist: The Line Girl

“I use my art as a form of therapy so if I’m dealing with strong emotions it’s a relief to be able to put and express my energy into creating something new.”

Her Insta bio reads ‘I like Lines & Women’ and her feed is a mesmerising tapestry of swirling lines, candid intimate moments, body art and colour. Welcome to the magical world of The Line Girl – the queer, multidisciplinary artist who uses collage, drawing, installation and performance to explore the infinite subject of ‘lines’.

She’s a firm believer that art should belong to everyone, making murals in public spaces as well as creating performative body art that transforms people into their own works of art. Around town, you might have seen her psychedelic, colourful designs adorning everywhere from walkways on the canal at Hackney Wick to LGBTQIA+ space Glasshouse and even the loos at Netflix’s London HQ, where she created a mural with quotes from complex female characters added within the lines.

Representation is important in The Line Girl’s work, creating illustrations that highlight and celebrate queer women, mental health and wellbeing, woven with her own personal stories. Look out, too, for her genius homages to the artists she loves – like her spots-meets-stripes tribute to Yayoi Kusama. And she even created her own illustrated ending for Killing Eve where “Villanelle and Eve are currently living in a bothy in the highlands of Scotland making Shepherds Pie and creating a new life together”.

What’s inspiring you right now?
Love, intimacy and lots of self-reflection.

Where do you go to switch off, disconnect or find creativity when you’re feeling stuck in a rut?
I tend to lean towards seeing my friends or actively trying to get out of the house and exploring when I’m in a rut, which is the opposite of my usual routine. I naturally like to stay at home and feel very comfortable being indoors and isolated for days (sometimes weeks) at a time but I’ve found that the most useful thing has been to come out of that routine and immerse myself with people who make me happy. Being surrounded by greenery, water and nature also helps.

Which book / film / album changed the way you think?
I don’t have a specific book, film or album. However I do really enjoy beautiful cinematography – Tree of Life, Volver and Atonement stand out for me. It’s rare for me to dislike any book I read and I’ve probably been listening to the same five albums for the past ten years! I love Begin To Hope by Regina Spektor and Alas I cannot swim by Laura Marling.

What have you learned about yourself as your work has evolved?
I’ve found that I’ve become more comfortable with myself as a person. I’ve gained confidence in asking for more and knowing my worth. My work is always changing and I tend to look back a lot in order to create future work.

What or who do you look to when you have a creative block?
It might sound melancholic but I tend to come out of creative blocks in times of sadness. I use my art as a form of therapy so if I’m dealing with strong emotions it’s a relief to be able to put and express my energy into creating something new. I guess the same applies in times of euphoria, it’s like I have to record these extreme emotions and explore them. Being in a grey area is my biggest dislike.