Sarah Hobbs’ Private Nature

Sarah Hobbs
24×30, chromogenic print, framed to 26×32, mounted on dibond, white frame with plexiglass
edition 1/10, signed on verso

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Incredible scene maker, sculpture, and photographer Sarah Hobbs’ image Private Nature epitomizes her artistic vision to create psychological spaces. This piece speaks to our time when refuse in nature has become integral in our lives.


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From the series "Twilight Living"
Nature is pristine in a strange and counterintuitive way inside this room. It is untouched by the actual outside world. Here someone is bringing the outside in, but keeping the outside out at the same time. It is a way to experience nature (and, as implied, the actual world) without actually doing it. It’s the space between wanting to be in the world and physically being a hermit.

Short statement on the series "Twilight Living"
The term twilight used to seem mysterious to me, in a poetic a sort of way. But the more I dwell on it, the more unsettling it is. The word sounds lovely, as if it doesn’t belong to its true meaning, a period of ambiguity or gradual decline. Twilight Living is a psychological study of the sites of our intimate lives, in which I employ photography and installation to illustrate these spaces. What do we do in our private spaces to assuage our anxiety in these ambiguous times, when it can feel like a comfort to metaphorically hibernate?

Sarah Hobbs holds a MFA in Photography from the University of Georgia, Athens. She lives and works in Atlanta. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Sir Elton John Collection, among others. Hobbs’ work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art as well as Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA and The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been included in several group shows across the country and abroad. Her first monograph, Small Problems in Living, was published in 2012. She was a awarded an Idea Capital Grant, a Walker Evans Focus Fellowship, the Dave Bown Projects Photography Competition Grand Prize, an Artadia Grant, and the Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 in 2011 and 2019.