Matthew Lovsted

I observe, in a pseudo-landscape, how individuals are more concerned with finding belonging within the Other than within themselves. From this perspective, I’m able to draw attention to a certain condition prevalent in contemporary society: a neurosis stemming from the confusion between embodied experience and idealized images. 

In the series, “There Was Nothing More to Be Done Than Behold It,” I observe this condition as it played out in the perception of my childhood self. The photographs reference the suppression of my own gender incongruence, and how I faced moral censure.

Matthew Lovsted is a New York–based interdisciplinary artist in the throes of facing his own morality, claiming authorship, and creating lens-based media.