Barbara Peacock: selections from American bedroom and Hometown

In 2015 Barbara Peacock published her first book - ‘Hometown –1982-2016’ - A thirty year photographic project of the small New England town where she grew up.  

In 2015 she also began her project American Bedroom and in 2017 she received the Getty Editorial Grant which has enabled her to continue traveling the country and capturing all walks of life in their most private and intimate of places – the bedroom.  

The exhibition we have mounted is a curated version from both of these portfolios.

 

American Bedroom  2017-On going

In 2017 Barbara Peacock received the Getty Editorial grant for her work in an on- going portfolio project, American Bedroom: Reflections on the Nature of Life.  Peacock is traveling the far reaches of the US to make these diverse and inclusive photographic portraits.  

"American Bedroom is a cultural and anthropological study of Americans in their private dwelling; their bedroom. The nature of the project will be portraits of individuals, couples and families that reveal the depth of their character and spirit. My interest lies in the poetic resonance of ordinary subjects much in the convention of our forefather of the documentary tradition, Walker Evans. I follow his practice of photographing commonplace subjects, working class Americans, beneath notice and yet the very fabric of our nation. I am passionate, but not sentimental about America as evident in my book, Hometown 1982-2015. I am drawn, as Evans was, to the quiet magisterial beauty of people half lost in memory, with too much time on their hands or in silent paradox. I argue and persuade that these subjects matter."                                                 - Barbara Peacock

 Barbara Peacock, Jessica age 18, Milford, NH, 2016, Ink jet print , 40 x 60 in.  “Sometimes life throws you in all sorts of directions. The most important part about life is to remember you are exactly where you need to be.” 

Barbara Peacock, Jessica age 18, Milford, NH, 2016, Ink jet print , 40 x 60 in.

“Sometimes life throws you in all sorts of directions. The most important part about life is to remember you are exactly where you need to be.” 

 Barbara Peacock, Pepere age 88, Jay, ME, 2017, Ink jet print, 40 x 60 in.  “When I wake up in the morning I try to be very quiet so I don’t wake her, then I remember she is not there.”

Barbara Peacock, Pepere age 88, Jay, ME, 2017, Ink jet print, 40 x 60 in.

“When I wake up in the morning I try to be very quiet so I don’t wake her, then I remember she is not there.”

 Barbara Peacock, Chase Family- Josh 38, Rean 37, Jackson 5, Amelia 1 , Merrimac, MA, 2016, Ink jet print, 40 x 60 in.  “I hate my bedroom. It’s so cramped and small. But, we waited a long time to have kids so when we are all together I am happy.” Rean

Barbara Peacock, Chase Family- Josh 38, Rean 37, Jackson 5, Amelia 1 , Merrimac, MA, 2016, Ink jet print, 40 x 60 in.

“I hate my bedroom. It’s so cramped and small. But, we waited a long time to have kids so when we are all together I am happy.” Rean

 Barbara Peacock, Brent, N. Wilkesboro, NC, 2017, Ink jet print, 36 x 48 inches  "I have these thoughts that culminate in my head, it took me years to get these souvenirs. I just moved into this place and all I have is an air mattress, but I stack up pillows and read and write."

Barbara Peacock, Brent, N. Wilkesboro, NC, 2017, Ink jet print, 36 x 48 inches

"I have these thoughts that culminate in my head, it took me years to get these souvenirs. I just moved into this place and all I have is an air mattress, but I stack up pillows and read and write."

 Barbara Peacock, Claire age 12, Westford, MA Ink jet print, 40 x 60 in.  "I have always cherished my bedroom because it is cozy and reminds me of being a younger child. Now, I am growing up and experiencing all sorts of new things. I like that my room hasn’t changed."

Barbara Peacock, Claire age 12, Westford, MA Ink jet print, 40 x 60 in.

"I have always cherished my bedroom because it is cozy and reminds me of being a younger child. Now, I am growing up and experiencing all sorts of new things. I like that my room hasn’t changed."

 Barbara Peacock, China age 27 Manhattan, NY, 2017, Ink jet print, 40 x 60 in.  "My Mom died when I was six. I have been chasing her ghost trying to feel close to her and to find out who I am. I hope for peace one day, to find love and to have a place to call home."

Barbara Peacock, China age 27 Manhattan, NY, 2017, Ink jet print, 40 x 60 in.

"My Mom died when I was six. I have been chasing her ghost trying to feel close to her and to find out who I am. I hope for peace one day, to find love and to have a place to call home."

 Barbara Peacock, Keto age 26, Detroit MI, 2018, Ink jet print, 40 x 60  “It’s been hard. My brother killed himself and my father has been missing for 4 years. I do art because it keeps me sane.”

Barbara Peacock, Keto age 26, Detroit MI, 2018, Ink jet print, 40 x 60

“It’s been hard. My brother killed himself and my father has been missing for 4 years. I do art because it keeps me sane.”

  Barbara Peacock, Holly & Nathan age 38 & 40, Deep Gap, NC, 2017   ,    Ink jet print, 40 x 60 in    “We’ve been off the grid for 20 years. We are committed and enjoy helping creative people with their art. “

Barbara Peacock, Holly & Nathan age 38 & 40, Deep Gap, NC, 2017, Ink jet print, 40 x 60 in

“We’ve been off the grid for 20 years. We are committed and enjoy helping creative people with their art. “

Hometown Portfolio 1982-2015

In 1982 Barbara Peacock began what was to become a thirty year project about her community in Westford Massachusettes.  Her photographic journey involved thirteen cameras, numerous formats and both color and black and white film.  A monograph of her works, Hometown was published in 2016.  In this exhibition we offer a curated version of that text.