Big Medium Gallery

Emily Peacock: Home Remedies For Cabin Fever

Exhibition Dates: September 9 - October 7, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 7-10pm

916 Springdale Rd Bldg 2, #101, Austin TX 78702
Gallery hours: Tue - Sat, 12-6pm


Join us on Saturday, September 9th for the opening of Emily Peacock: Home Remedies For Cabin Fever. Our fifth exhibition of the year opens as a part of Canopy GO, the complex's fourth annual grand opening event where the entire complex of studios and galleries will be open to the public.

From the artist:

Family history and relationships, domesticity, and personal loss and tragedy are the foundation of my work. For nearly a decade, I have collaborated with my family to create videos and photographs which examine and celebrate this bond. In the last four years I have experienced divorce, the untimely passing of my mother, getting remarried, and now the birth of my only child. The death of my mother has shaped my work, and life, more than any other experience I’ve had. Recently becoming a mother myself has only intensified the magnitude of her absence.

Navigating these experiences is often strangely humorous. Carol Burnett once said: “I got my sense of humor from my mother. I’d tell her my tragedies. She’d make me laugh. She said comedy is tragedy plus time.” The human condition and absurdity are both integral to the images I make. I enjoy the idea of making someone laugh but also cringe within the same image.

The vernacular aspects of life, domestic surroundings, collections, and middle class minutiae are all of interest to me. An ordinary object can hold a lot of meaning for one person but not the next, and the same is true of a photograph. How does one take an ordinary object and give it meaning? I like thinking about this phenomenon, which has become a guiding principle of my creative output.

All humans experience loss and pain, and from this commonality I enjoy connecting with people through my art, knowing they may relate to it on a personal level. Someone once told me the more specific you get with your work the more universal it can be. We all look the same from a certain distance.

Previous Exhibitions

Mother Popcorn

Canopy | 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #101, Austin, TX 78702 | 512.939.6665

Bolm | 5305 Bolm Rd #12, Austin, TX 78721

Big Medium is funded in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Big Medium is also supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts and by generous contributions from private donors.