American Bedroom - reflections on the nature of life

Barbara Peacock

2016 - Ongoing

My interest lies in the poetic resonance of ordinary subjects. I am passionate, but not sentimental about America. I am drawn 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.

American Bedroom is a cultural and anthropological study of Americans in their private dwelling: the bedroom. The nature of the project is unguarded portraits of individuals, couples, and families that reveal the depth of their character, truth, and spirit. The images are paired with quotes from each subject and are full of subtle details that invite us to contemplate the idiosyncrasies of each enigmatic life. The scoop of the project is the entire country.

With this project, I illustrate my love and influence of painting. When I was a child I watched my Mother paint by window light and as a result, I have been drawn to painting and interior light.

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  • Becky and Dave - Madrid, New Mexico

  • Zita, Web & Wren - Jackson, Mississippi

  • Timothy - Slab City , California

  • Lee - Pine Bluff, Arkansas

  • Jeanine - Portland, Maine

  • Lee Ann & Lynn - Land O Lakes, Florida

  • China - Manhattan, New York

  • Nito - Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Claire - Cummings, Georgia

  • Chloe - Lake Worth, Florida

  • Nicole & Sven - Atlanta, Georgia

  • Pepere - Jay, Maine

  • April - Eastport, Maine

  • Jessica - Merrimac, New Hampshire

  • Billy - Belzoni, Mississippi

  • Kalstas Family - Portland, Maine

  • Chevy Family - Detroit, Michigan

  • Liz & Mike - Joshua Tree, California

  • Holly & Nathan - Deep Gap, North Carolina

  • Orville - Sherwood, Tennessee