Im'Material

Geovani Galvez, Northeastern Illinois University

Nate Mathews and Kim Ambriz are the faculty sponsors of this project.

Description

The definition of Immaterial in the merriam webster dictionary is defined as “not consisting of matter.” My interest in this subject came from a song written by a trans artist named Sophie. In her lyrics it reads: “You could be me and I could be you; Always the same and never the same; Day by day, life after life; Without my legs or my hair; Without my genes or my blood; With no name and with no type of story; Where do I live?; Tell me, where do I exist?” The song lyrics inspired me to create a body of work that examines the body, gender, identity and memory with the use of mix media. Photography, graphic design, printmaking and collage, are mediums that have allowed me to deconstruct the human form. Deconstructing the human form emphasize on the idea of spirituality, rather than the physical. Body parts from different individuals are cut out and paste onto drypoint drawings of organic forms. These forms are recurring throughout my body of work and are identified as “new entities.” Some of the subjects found in my body of work are female and male genitalia, my body hair, depictions of semen, and my own fingerprints. These subjects correlate with the ideas of how identity, gender, sexuality are interchangeable and fluid. In addition, digital photographs are edited on photoshop, to juxtapose the human body and create fluid like forms. In my practice, the use glitter, sequin, and gems plays a huge part of my body of work. It presents my fascination with hyper “feminine” materials. These materials explore the connection we built between gender stereotypes and objects. My body of work is an exploration of new identities and new forms, by the use of photographs of individuals and elements of myself.

 
Apr 19th, 12:00 AM

Im'Material

The definition of Immaterial in the merriam webster dictionary is defined as “not consisting of matter.” My interest in this subject came from a song written by a trans artist named Sophie. In her lyrics it reads: “You could be me and I could be you; Always the same and never the same; Day by day, life after life; Without my legs or my hair; Without my genes or my blood; With no name and with no type of story; Where do I live?; Tell me, where do I exist?” The song lyrics inspired me to create a body of work that examines the body, gender, identity and memory with the use of mix media. Photography, graphic design, printmaking and collage, are mediums that have allowed me to deconstruct the human form. Deconstructing the human form emphasize on the idea of spirituality, rather than the physical. Body parts from different individuals are cut out and paste onto drypoint drawings of organic forms. These forms are recurring throughout my body of work and are identified as “new entities.” Some of the subjects found in my body of work are female and male genitalia, my body hair, depictions of semen, and my own fingerprints. These subjects correlate with the ideas of how identity, gender, sexuality are interchangeable and fluid. In addition, digital photographs are edited on photoshop, to juxtapose the human body and create fluid like forms. In my practice, the use glitter, sequin, and gems plays a huge part of my body of work. It presents my fascination with hyper “feminine” materials. These materials explore the connection we built between gender stereotypes and objects. My body of work is an exploration of new identities and new forms, by the use of photographs of individuals and elements of myself.