Winston Wächter Fine Art is excited to present No More Blood, a photographic series by Meghan Boody. This body of work was created in conjunction with Prospect.3 and sponsored by The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and The Embassy / Kirsha Kaechele. Prospect.3 is an organization that was started in 2007 during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina and invites artists from around the world to develop projects that engage with the community of New Orleans. Boody created the series, No More Blood as part of a gun buy back program that Prospect.3 was spearheading. The intent was to take some guns off the streets by offering cash in exchange. The project came to fruition as giant billboards that were placed around New Orleans that stated No More Blood and Cash4Guns.
Through the lens of a camera, Meghan Boody embarked on paying homage to the victims of gun violence by capturing their portraits in scenes that are genuine to the culture and community of New Orleans. The images in the No More Blood series take a look into several different groups of people within the community. Each photograph is a unique world that rides a fine line between reality and fantasy. Boody’s attention to detail can be seen in the subtle usage of the color purple throughout the series. In New Orleans, the interior of coffins are lined in the color purple. Boody’s usage of the color in the series lends to the lingering nature of pain and trauma while representing the culture in New Orleans. No More Blood sheds light on a dark topic with the intention of creating action against the violence felt by a community.
After receiving her BA from Georgetown University in philosophy and French, Meghan 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.