Queen Gidrea's Kaiju Profile
Height: 150 meters
Wingspan: 175 meters
Mass: 70,000 metric tons
Powers/Weapons: Flight at Mach 5, LazerTits, Time Travel, Holographic [in]Visibility, Psychic Humiliation, UltraQueer pheromones, teeth.
About Queen Gidrea
Queen Gidrea a character persona of artist Chanel Matsunami Govreau. She is a multi-headed golden dragon and merciless destroyer. She slants effortlessly through time slit constellations, blasting psychic/social ruptures into ancient and future civilizations. Rarely visible in the human spectrum, she is inherently evil.
Chanel Matsunami Govreau Artist Statement
As a multidisciplinary artist, I explore the intersections of sexuality, queerness, and Japanese-American identity. I use a wide range of materials and methods to engage these issues including self-portraiture, performance, costume, sculpture, dance, and printmaking.
In my recent work, I reference traditional monsters of Japanese folklore, known as yokai, through a series of self portraits. In this ongoing project I aim to embody the hidden and forgotten queer and female ancestors of my family by reimaging them as contemporary yokai creatures. Through this practice, I use my body to transform the often villainous and horrific portrayals of Japanese yokai monsters into aspirational female figures empowered with the magic, glamour and camp of their queer identities.
My studio practice includes a combination of digital design, screen printing, and costume construction to create wearable sculpture pieces and full body armor. In my overlapping methods of sculptural costume and performance I look to include traditional Japanese aesthetics into an ever-evolving queer visual culture.
Chanel Matsunami Govreau is an interdisciplinary artist and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. They have performed and exhibited across the United States and Asia including the SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA; Raandesk Gallery, New York, NY; and Holding House, Detroit, MI.
In 2016, they were awarded a year long artist-in residence grant in Seoul, South Korea and Boston, MA by Arts Connect International. That same year, they were a keynote speaker at the Symposium of Arts and Cultural Inclusion at UM-Boston. Matsunami Govreau has given numerous artist talks at universities and colleges including Parson’s School of Design, New York, NY; College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI; and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.
Their work has appeared in the Observer, Bitch Magazine and Juxtapoze Online.
Matsunami Govreau received their BFA from UW-Madison in 2011 where they studied performance, printmaking and Asian American Studies.