Jessica Ann Peavy
Through video and performance, I examine the art of storytelling by presenting subjects who reveal their secrets, confrontations and internal conflicts, when they think they have a trusted viewer. I am interested in tales that blur the line between fact and fiction and how that affects the viewer. Using both documentary and narrative styles, my portraits are combinations of real people drawing upon personal history and invented characters which further blurs the line.
My subjects, often simultaneously, offer intense recollections that generally neglect to describe absolute truths. I never ask my subjects if their stories are true and I often lie about the percentage of truth in my own accounts. I find it more intriguing to be left in the dark and more gratifying to leave others in the dark. I invite the viewer to question the objectivity of the subjects and to examine their own prejudices when determining believability.
After completing a BFA in Film from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, Peavy has shown works across the country including PPOW gallery, The Kitchen, Rush Arts gallery, The Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, and solo exhibitions with Smack Mellon, Momenta Art, and Collette Blanchard Gallery.
Known for her video, photographic and public performances examining the lives of women, Peavy has been invited to speak at the CUNY Graduate Center and Cinewomen NY on the role of women and cinema and Columbia University’s Conversations Across Cultures public art Conference. She has held residencies with Smack Mellon and Harvestworks and received awards and grants from Franklin Furnace, the Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. Peavy currently lives and works in New York City.