See Meghan Boody Tonight at Rizzoli Bookstore for Book Signing and Talk
Image above: ©Meghan BootyWHITE SHOULDERS (THE FEEDING OF HER PRIVATE FIRE)
We are Gods in the Chrysalis is a compilation of work by artist, Meghan Boody with essays by Katie Roiphe and Sue Scott. In this visually rich exploration, Boody tells epic stories through pictures and multi-media sculpture about women and girls compelled to leave their ordinary existence in pursuit of life altering adventure. Boody is fascinated by the nature of psychological change and what provokes it. Her colorful cast of characters shift identities and visually transform over lengthy narrative sequences. As Roiphe says,“ Metamorphosis is everywhere, overwhelming, dizzying: the girl whose skin turns into the mottled skin of a frog, the iridescent frogs eggs...it’s like a science lab of becoming something else.” Whether personal avatars or familiar archetypes, her subjects serve as pictorial guides for Boody’s own psychological journey, offering pathways and maps of inner transformation to anyone interested in the process. Boody’s commitment to self- discovery crystallizes in her newest project, a deck of oracle cards, which is viewed for the first time in Chrysalis.
Boody began her career combining photography and sculpture, devising elaborate encasements for her images. Her interactive automatons and dilapidated light boxes recall objects of wonder and devotion: snow globes, dollhouses, and cabinets of curiosity, reliquaries and tombs. Over time, her pictures became larger as the sculptural element receded, eventually developing into Boody’s trademark relief-encrusted frames specially designed for each series. Whether wrapped in silk or crawling with creatures, her frames transform her photographs into portals, encouraging the viewer to step into another place and time.
Image above: ©Meghan Booty, UNFORGETTABLE (BLIND FORTUNE’S DARKSOME WAY)
Considered one of the first photographers to successfully use digital technologies, Boody has integrated Photoshop compositing into her work since the early 90’s. Her heroic tableaux are comprised of hundreds of layers, each depicting fantastical scenes that are unusual in their extreme realism. Convincing landscapes of derelict buildings, barren tundras, Victorian institutions and dark underworlds provide complete worlds for her heroines to explore. Her work takes cues from diverse sources ranging from early Pictorial photography, Victorian fairy painting, Renaissance portraiture and contemporary creators of personal words such as Mathew Barney.
“Women incubate, and then emerge.” says Sue Scott of Boody’s work. As her heroines birth new powerful selves, Boody’s hope is that viewers will hear the fairy tale knock on the door of their own psyches. Scott continues, “ I’ve come to think of Meghan Boody as the Wes Anderson of the art world...she shares a whimsical approach to storytelling whose childlike veneer of childlike naiveté belies a conceptual sophistication and concern with the difficult lessons of adulthood.” Ultimately, the symbol of the chrysalis surfaces as the thread that holds the oeuvre together, beckoning others to embark on their own voyage of incubation and growing up.
Image above: ©Meghan Booty, BANDIT (OF HER DELIGHTS SHE UNTO HIM BETRAYED)
Her work has been widely exhibited since the late 1980s. Recent exhibitions include “No More Blood” at Prospect 3+, New Orleans; “Radical Terrain” at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York; “Magical Realism” at the Houston Center for Photography; and “Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination” at the Frist Center for Visual Art, Nashville TN.
Her work is held in important collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania. Boody’s imaginative art and homes have been featured in the Telegraph Magazine, Marie Claire, Homes & Gardens, Timeout, and New York Magazine. The book will be on sale through Amazon, Rizzoli and Museum shops nationally for more information about the artist www.lookingglasslabs.com.
Image above: ©Meghan Booty, FLOWERBOMB (OF HER LOVE HE WAS ENTIRELY SEIZED)
Publication: March 22, 2016 • $55.00 • Hard Back Original • 143 pages with two fold-out pages, title label and ribbon page marker, clothbound and 1 b/w Illustration.
Meghan Boody will be at Rizzoli Bookstore tonight March 25th from 6 - 7:30pm for an artist talk and book signing at 1133 Broadway at 26th st, New York, NY
Boody will also be in Los Angeles on May 1st for an artist talk and book signing at Book Soup at 4:00pm at 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA and at Harper's Books in East Hampton, New York on June 4, 2016