Biography

Jessica Ann Peavy received a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television and a MFA in photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts.

Peavy’s works encompass film, video, photography, and performance. She has exhibited in galleries, museums, and festivals across the country including Rush Arts Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum in collaboration with the Brooklyn Arts Council, as well as the International Black Media Festival in London. Peavy has also been invited to speak on panels for the CUNY Graduate Center and Cinewoman NY on the role of women in film and video.

Currently, Peavy is creating new works in the Smack Mellon residency and fellowship program.

“Get Your Fatback”

“Get Your Fatback” consists of a cooking show featuring three fatback-based dishes and public fatback tasting in Central Harlem and Downtown Brooklyn. The pre-recorded satirical cooking show will be distributed on DVD to participants and passersby during a public performance in which she gives the public free samples of a blob of greasy fatback attached to a card listing the percentages of overweight and obese African American and Latino women as well as percentages in rates of heart disease and diabetes.