Meghan Boody creates manipulated photographs and multi media sculpture of girls and young women in terrifying settings. Her subjects are usually adolescents who continuously have to make choices about who they are as they cast off the trappings of girlhood and become women. She grew up in New York City and went to the Brearley School. She received a B.A. from Georgetown University in philosophy and french, and apprenticed with the photographer, Hans Namuth, for three years where she received her photographic training. Boody began integrating Photoshop and digital compositing into her work in 1994 and is considered one of the first photographers to successfully employ this new technology. Her large scale photographic tableaux tell fantastical stories of female experience and explore the wilderness of the subconscious and the tumult involved in psychological transformation. Comprised of hundreds of interwoven layers, each image depicts an elaborate imaginary environment where female characters in period dress roam through tentacled narratives. In March 2011, Boody had two simultaneous solo shows in NYC: the complete Lighthouse series at Affirmation Arts (which traveled to Galerie Caprice Horn in Berlin in April) - and “Psyche and Smut”, a photo novella of twin sisters lost in an underground city ruled by frogs and concubines at Salomon Contemporary. Recent and upcoming shows include “Inspired’ curated by Beth de Woody at Steven Kasher Gallery, “Magical Realism” at the Houston Center for Photography and “Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination” at the Frist Center for Visual Art. Her work is in important collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Herbert F Johnson Museum at Cornell University.
Feminist Artist Statement
As I struggle to find my way in the world, I create phantom women and girls from another time who undergo parallel investigations of the self. As they embark on character-transforming quests in strange lands, I grapple with my own life, and our pitfalls and successes along the way guide and inform each other. My subjects often begin their wanderings lost and alone, Bambi’s blinded by headlights and babes in the woods. They stumble into predicaments and compromising situations as they explore the outer reaches of female territory. Body image, appropriate feminine behavior, youth and beauty preservation, power dynamics in male/female relations, desire of rescue and the search for true love, all these fraught issues and potential quagmires form an obstacle course where my urchins and heroines learn how to shape shift and transform into more complete selves.
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