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Sarah Hobbs

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

Whether in photographs or site-specific installations, constructing psychological space is the driving force behind my work. I examine concepts that involve the human psyche: the small foibles, phobias, and neuroses that make us all uniquely flawed, questioning the idea of normal. I am fascinated by how we see ourselves, others, and how others see us through our shortcomings. Further, I am exploring our attempts to cope with and manage our issues ourselves, and the inevitable pitfalls these efforts create.
I create installations in domestic or other private spaces (sometimes to photograph, other times for the viewer to experience the actual space). Each space represents a thought process, a feeling, or a subconscious drive. Everyday or readily available objects serve as psychological signifiers. I am fascinated by the ways in which we arrange our living spaces through our neuroses. Does the domestic space we have created assuage or exacerbate our inner conflicts?

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