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 associate editor of The New York Times Magazine Labs. Before that she was editorial staff of the New York Times Book Review. 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.