a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
In my approach, landscape exists as a location of damage and regeneration, which correlates to the way that the body is a site for trauma that seeks healing. The human form appears as a fragment, and bears a relationship to the landscape. Depictions of the landscape can serve to confront the inner life with intimations of the lost wild. The body is akin to a landscape made of shadows and light, made of slow and fast changes, made of organisms and systems of which we are a part, and from which we are sometimes alien.
Abstraction occurs when an image is simplified, its resemblance to nature curtailed, in service of the fragmented or gestural. I like to imagine that our senses and our bodies are continually engaged in correspondence between our former, primal selves, and the identities we have constructed for protection.
Mateo Galvano’s multimedia studio and exhibition practice reflects a condition of experimentation with ideas and strategies of display. He is interested in painterly abstraction and its relationship to language and other formats. Using painting, drawing, writing, sculpture, digital arts and installation, he develops conceptual themes that arise from the formal elements of the images and objects he makes. His work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group shows, and is included in national and international collections. He is a recent recipient of a Willapa Bay AiR residency and a Jentel Foundation Fellowship Award. Galvano holds an MFA from Ohio University, where he teaches studio art and visual studies.