Sandra Gering Inc is pleased to present an online exhibition of works by Meghan Boody, "PsycheSuperStar - an underground photo-novella".
The artist describes these incredibly detailed otherworldly photo composites as, "... fantastical environments from digitally patchworked elements which function like mind maps of our shared memories, desires and goals. I can test drive different behaviors in these cosmic playgrounds and underworlds, often coming back with important information, “amulets”, that aid me in my own above-ground challenges."
Boody goes on to say, "Ever since I was very young, I have been lured into a world of make-believe. I was often left alone and often lonely, these fantasy worlds kept me company. The characters that lived there were souped-up versions of myself, stronger and sometimes armed with special powers. They helped me navigate the intensity of my feelings, engaging in activities that somehow informed my everyday life. I have developed this storytelling process into a photographic tool of self-discovery that continues to guide me. "PsycheSuperStar" is my most recent and most evolved avatar. My agent in the field of personal transformation, she strikes out into uncharted territory, valiantly challenging my inner beasts.
My hope is that my viewer will hop aboard Psyche’s journey. That they will see themselves in her attempts to find true love, often in the darkest of places. And that they will walk away from my pictures with a bread crumb, a pearl, or a strangely familiar feeling. Something that will guide them through their own looking glass into a new land of possibility."
The names of perfumes coupled with a phrase from Spencer’s epic poem "The Faerie Queene" serve as titles for the works. These words of seduction are like mating calls, attracting Boody’s viewer further into her world of enchantment and magic.
Ms. Boody received her BA from Georgetown University. While living in Paris in the late 1980's she picked up a camera and has never put it down. Upon returning to New York she apprenticed with photographer Hans Namuth. With the introduction to Photoshop in the early 1990's, Boody began her signature photo composites and intricate storytelling which has evolved into a visionary world all her own.
Selected exhibitions include institutions such as The Rubin Museum of Art, New York, the Houston Center of Photography, Houston, and The Frist Center for Visual Arts, Dallas. She is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, Ithaca, and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania.