Friday, October 14, 2011

Spotlight: Sarah Hobbs

A few years ago, I went to an opening at Solomon Projects which featured the photography of Sarah Hobbs. I was blown away. Her work reminded me of Sandy Skoglund, one of my all time favorite artists. These prints were massive, too.

I interpret her sometimes dream-like work to explore the concepts of space, repetition, and entropy. The Solomon Projects website describes her work as an analysis of phobias and OCD behavior. One website described her work as so:

Sarah Hobbs’s work explores and gives form to various human behaviors and compulsions. She carefully stages and photographs scenes that are meant to embody phobias, neuroses, and obsessions. Her intricate tableaus are simultaneously profound and witty, reflecting Hobbs’s understanding of human psychology. In her renderings of personality traits, ranging from nosiness to overcompensation, she depicts only the objects and backdrops that indicate these characteristics, never specific people. [...] By refusing to identify the behavior with a particular person, Hobbs suggests that human idiosyncrasies are as universally experienced as they are individually unique.

Hobbs is based in Atlanta & she got her MFA at the University of Georgia.
You can find out more about Sarah Hobbs at Solomon Projects, her website, or her blog.

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