A site-specific installation by Louisville native Anne Peabody commissioned for the 21c Museum, Wheel of Fortune is a physical record inspired from the artist's memory of the tornado that leveled much of Louisville on April 3rd, 1974. Broken eggs, flashlights, dolls’ heads, turkey basters, and batteries made of wood as well as found objects made of glass swirl together to form a massive funnel cloud in 21c's Atrium Gallery.
Peabody made the carved wooden objects in Wheel of Fortune by hand and invited other carvers and wood turners (some of whom lived through the tornado themselves), to contribute pieces for the installation. The found objects of glass also include items given to the artist by friends and neighbors.
The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 40th annual Glass Art Society (GAS) conference occurring in mid June of 2010
Anne Peabody lives and works in Brooklyn and has exhibited internationally, including at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. Since 2006, Peabody has been exploring the idea of the hierarchy of objects and their use in recording a specific place and time. Peabody received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and her Master of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Art in New York City, where she received an Alumni Thesis Award. Peabody is represented in numerous private and public collections.