Each quarter, MYÜZ commissions original essays by newly selected scholars. These essays live permanently in the MYÜZ Index.
VOL. I ISSUE I, ORIGIN
Disposition: The Alignment of a Multimedia Artist
in A social Media Culture
by Lovia Gyarkye
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.
CITATION: 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.