Meatyards work is kind of frustrating for me because he always sems to get the balance right (and I dont haha). His work could look too cliched and gothic but somehow he manages to use grotesque imagery and get it to work. His work reminds me of Francesca Woodmans photography. However I find the content of his images that bit more interesting as he takes this poetic and dramatic style and applies it to the outside world rather than limiting it to an exploration of self.
Its sad to think his life ended at 47 – and that he rarely gets the recognition he deserves. Whether its because of his style or the fact he died so young there is a definite sense of something that is ephemeral or fleeting. Much like Woodmans imagery really.
A great article about him here (which is where I ‘borrowed’ these images from): http://www.utata.org/salon/20486.php