Emily Peacock die laughing

September 17, 2021 – January 15, 2022 John M. O'Quinn Gallery

About the Exhibition


die laughing: An exhibition statement by Emily Peacock

“Family history and relationships, domesticity, and personal loss and tragedy are the foundation of my work. And navigating these experiences is often strangely humorous. Comedic legend Carol Burnett once said, “Comedy is tragedy plus time.” My question is, “how much time?” And can I make a joke while the tragedy is occurring? What if the tragedy never ends?!

Like many, this past year has tested my usual steadfast resilience. As I write this, tomorrow is 2021 and I am in isolation for contracting COVID-19. die laughing is a body of work from this period of limbo where I oscillated between profound moments of love and profound levels of depression.

My year-end conclusion: life is a tragicomedy.”

About the Artist

Emily Peacock is Houston-based artist whose work explores her familial and personal experiences. She received her MFA in Photography/Digital Media from the University of Houston and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Sam Houston State University.  Peacock was a 2013-2014 Lawndale Artist Studio Program participant  In 2016, she received the Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant; in 2019, the New Faculty Research Grant.  She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in Vienna, Austria, and the United Kingdom. Peacock’s work is in the collections of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Essay by Natalie Zelt, Ph.D., Terra Foundation Fellow in American Photography at the Rijksmuseum and Visiting Researcher/Scholar in the African & African Diaspora Studies Department at The University of Texas at Austin.


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