ABOUT

Photo by Harvey Wang

ARTIST STATEMENT
“Find her, free her, love her.” – clarissa pinkola estés

AS I FIND MY WAY IN THE WORLD, I create phantom women and girls who undergo parallel investigations of the self. These inner expeditions take place in cosmic coming-of-age narratives told through images and objects, the playgrounds where my subjects gradually crawl out of their cocoons, unfurl, and blossom. They often begin their wanderings lost and alone, Bambies blinded by headlights and babes in the woods. They stumble into predicaments and compromising situations, stymied by labyrinths, sinkholes, and unsavory characters. Male/female power plays, the desire for rescue, the quest for true love, and ultimately the search for the self, these fraught scenarios are the prisms through which my heroines view their world, searching far and wide for the crumbs littered along the path. Equal parts Dr. Freud and Dr. Frankenstein, fragments of the psyche are collected and reassembled in new combinations with new capabilities. Moments of illumination and even happy endings appear as urchins morph into Amazonian creatures of female prowess, capable of vanquishing their foes and seizing their hearts’ desires.

BIOGRAPHY
AFTER RECEIVING HER BA from Georgetown University in philosophy and French, Boody moved to Paris in 1986 to study fashion design at Parsons. There she took an introductory course in photography on a whim and immediately fell in love with the medium. Upon returning to New York, she apprenticed with photographer Hans Namuth for three years and began to combine photography with interactive sculpture. With the advent of Photoshop in the early 1990s, she went on to pioneer a new form of digital photography based on composited imagery.

Boody has exhibited her work widely since the late 1980s. Recent exhibitions include “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, Dallas.

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 otherworldly art and homes have been featured in Telegraph Magazine, Marie Claire, Homes & Gardens, and New York Magazine. She is represented by Rick Wester Fine Art in New York, Imago Gallery in California, and by Thomas/Treuhaft for commercial commissions.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 – “No More Blood” billboard project, sponsored by The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and Life is Art – Prospect. 3, New Orleans
2011 – “The Lighthouse Project II: Vistiation”,  Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany
2011 – “Psyche and Smut Lives”, Salomon Contemporary in partnership with Rick Wester Fine Art, NYC
2011 – “The Lighthouse Project II: Visitation”, Affirmation Arts in partnership with Rick Wester Fine Art, NYC
2008 -“The Lighthouse and How She got There”, Rick Wester Fine Art, NYC
2000 -“Psyche and Smut”, Sandra Gering Gallery, NYC
1998 – “Henry’s Wives”, Sandra Gering Gallery, NYC
1997 – “Henry’s Wives”, Fabia Calvasina Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
1996 – “NY Doll”, Sandra Gering Gallery, NYC
1994 – Project Room, Thread Waxing Space, NYC

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 – “Fit to Print, curated by James Salomon, The Printing House, NYC
2016 – “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, curated by Lara Pan with Ruben Natal-San Miguel, WhiteBox, NYC
2016 – “Prememories”, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels Belgium
2015 – “Far Far Away”, The Childrens Museum of Art, curated by Jil Weinstock, NYC
2015 – “Just Shoot!”, Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2013 – “They Are Us”, Rick Wester Fine Art, NYC
2013 – “Chick Lit”, curated by Molly Rand, Tracy Williams Gallery, NYC
2013 – “The Beacon”, Salomon Contemporary, NYC
2012 – “Radical Terrain”, curated by Beth Citron, Rubin Museum of Art, NYC
2012 – “Bad for You”, curated by Beth De Woody, Shizaru Gallery, London, England
2012 – “Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination”, curated by Mark Scala, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
2011 – “Magical Realism”, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
2011 – “Super Nature”, curated by Carole Reed, 4N Main Gallery, Southampton, NY
2011 – “Celebrate Summer”, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 – “The Garden”, Allan-Nederpelt Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 – “A Strange Attraction to the Beautiful and the Dreadful”, curated by Maureen Sullivan, Hendershot Gallery, NYC
2011 – “Surreal/Subjective: Photographic Gifts from Alumni”, Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2010 – “No Dead Artist”, juried by Beth Rudin DeWoody, Donna Perret Rosen and Fairfax Dorn, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, LA
2010 – “Inspired”, curated by Beth de Woody, Steven Kasher Gallery, NYC
2010 – “Big Girls”, Rick Wester Fine Art, NYC
2010 – “Make Yourself At Home”, 7 Eleven Gallery, NYC
2008 – “Immoral Facts & Fables”, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany
2004 – “Tall Tales of Death 3”, Dabora Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2003 – 4TH Shinsaimdang New York-Paris Artists Exhibition, Gangneung, Korea
2003 – “Constructed Realities”, curated by Sue Scott, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
2003 – “Constructing Reality”, curated by Barbara Bloemink, Las Vegas Museum of Art, Los Vegas, NV
2002 – “Imaginary Homelands – Reconstituted Narratives in Digital Landscape”, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
2001 – “Hijas de La Tierra”, Galeria Leyendecker, Tenerife, Canary Islands
2001 – “Digital Printmaking Now”, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
2001 – “Reconsidering the Renaissance”, Bridgewater, Lustberg & Blumenfeld, NYC
2001 – “Contemporary Narratives”, Shick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs,NY
2001 – “Transpoly Blu”, Elliot Smith Gallery, St Louis, MO
2001 – “Witcherina Pixerina”, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, traveling to University of North Texas at Denton, Wake Forest University at Winston-Salem, NC & Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
2001 – “Photo-synthesis: Recent Developments in Contemporary Photography,” curated by Douglas Maxwell, Camino Real Gallery, Boca Raton, FL, traveled to Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
2000 – “Fabulae…Fabularum”, Trans Hudson Gallery, NYC
2000 – “A Plurality of Truths”, Shick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2000 – “Déjà Vous: Reworking the Past”, Katonah Musuem of Art, Katonah, NY
1999 – “Eye on 2000”, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX
1999 – “Who’s that girl?”, Sandra Gering Gallery, NYC, traveled to Fondazione Teseco, Piza, Italy in 2000
1999 – “Whichkraft?”, Trans Hudson Gallery, NYC
1999 – Print Exhibition, curated by Rick Wester, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
1998 – “Womentech: Women Artists using Science and Technology”, Lawrence Gallery at Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA, traveled to Penninsula Fine Arts Museum, Newport News, VA in 2000
1997 – “Cyberealism, Photography beyond Photography”, Galleria Photology, Milan, Italy
1997 – Meghan Boody, Alastair Bury, Michael Brian Foley, Soletti Gallery, Milan, Italy
1996 – “Comic Depiction of Sex in American Art”, Andreas Binder Gallery, Munich, Germany
1995 – “Imaginary Being”, Exit Art, NYC
1995 – “Mother/Child Reunion”, Caren Golden Fine Art, NYC
1994 – “The Parrish Art Museum Design Biennial: Mirrors”, Southampton, NY
1993 – “Toward A New Vision”, John Weber Gallery, NYC
1993 – “Mr. Serling’s Neighborhood”, Christopher Grimes Gallery, CA
1993 – “The Last Rites of Desire: Meghan Boody & Meridith Lund”, PMW Gallery, Stamford, CT
1993 – “Serial Explorations”, curated by Maxwell Anderson, Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Atlanta, GA
1992 – “Relative Truths: East End Photography” curated by Tracey Bashkoff, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton

COLLECTIONS
Fondazione Teseco, Pisa, Italy
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Berriedale, Tasmania, Australia
Progressive Corporation
Whitney Museum of American Art

LECTURES & PANELS
2013 – Aperature Foundation for Parsons the New School for Design, New York, NY, artist’s lecture
2013 – “Radical Terrain”, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY, artist’s talk
2012 – “Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination”, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, panelist
2011 – “The Lighthouse and how she got there”, Affirmation Arts, New York, NY, gallery talk
2003 – School of the Visual Arts, New York, NY, artist’s lecture & panel discussion
2002 – New York University, New York, NY, artist’s lecture
2000 – Digital Print Panel, Art and Science Collaborations, Inc., New York, NY, panelist
2000 – “Who’s That Girl”, Pisa, Italy, panelist
2000 – Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, visiting artist
2000 – “A Plurality of Truths”, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, panelist
1999 – New York Academy of Art, New York, NY, visiting artist
1997 – Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, visiting artist
1996 – Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, visiting artist