Each quarter, MYÜZ commissions original essays by newly selected scholars. These essays live pemamnenty in the MYÜZ Index. 


DISPOSITION: The Alignment of a Multimedia Artist in Social Media Culture

by Lovia Gyarkye

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About The Author

Lovia Gyarkye is on the editorial staff of the New York Times Book Review.

Before that she was a reporter-researcher at the new republic magazine. Born in Kumasi, Ghana and raised in the Bronx, Lovia graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. In English and certificates in African and African-American studies.

At Princeton, her work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Republic, The Point Magazine, and Studio Magazine.


Gyarkye, Lovia. "Disposition: The Alignment of a Multimedia Artist in Social Media Culture" MYÜZ Quarterly 1, no. 1 (2018). MYÜZ Index.

The purpose of this essay is to deconstruct the process and work of Milo Matthieu, a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist. In her study, Lovia Gyarkye dissects the influence of contemporary artists like Kanye West and Salvador Dalí along with underlying biblical themes in Matthieu's recent work, A-ve-Res. The research watches Matthieu, whose work has seen considerable success on social media forums like Instagram, navigate the confines of social media age consumption through powerful imagery and intense layering.