WET by Meg Turner. This much-anticipated photo book contains a series of 45 tintype portraits created between New Orleans and New York City from 2014-2022. The images convey joy, fierceness, vulnerability, and an uncompromising gaze while exploding the notion that rest and security are deserved only after a lifetime of work. Drawing deeply from traditions of fashion and advertising, Meg Turner invites her colleagues to re-imagine symbols of power, sex, and wealth that seduce us into cycles of consumption and labor. The book is 12×9, softcover, perfect bound, featuring a forward essay by Dr. Jordan Amirkhani, a hot-pink foil-stamped cover, and a selection of digitally colorized images created from original analog tintypes.
Meg Turner is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work employs printmaking, photography, sign-making, and installation to focus on ecstatic fantasy and contemporary critique. Combining intimate portraiture, analog printing, and a study of economic systems and propaganda, Meg is focused on confronting/celebrating our expectations of utopia. Meg’s first solo museum show, Here & Now, opened in New Orleans at The Contemporary Art Center in 2019. Her work has also been exhibited at HERE arts center (NYC), the Orkiestra Sinfonia Varsovia in Poland, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk Ct, The Museum of The Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI), and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Meg’s collaborative photographic project with Courtney Webster PATRICIDE has been shown in New York at The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Bureau of General Services – Queer Division, BRIC, and WildProject.
Meg received her MFA from Columbia University and BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design. She currently teaches printmaking at Tulane University in New Orleans and takes tintype portraits in her studio, the pharmacy museum, at parties, and off the back of her truck.
WET publishes in March 2023 via Burn Barrel Press.