About the Photographer
Before Sarah Hobbs begins staging scenes in her Atlanta home (which doubles as her studio), she first researches such human behavior as phobias and obsessive compulsive activity. Small Problems in Living, her sixth series to explore the psyche, is also her first solo exhibition. It ranges in subject from clautrophobia to vanity but consistently constructs acute tableaux within domestic settings. Obsessiveness is seen as a room painted in chocolate, the empty candy wrappers clustered in a mound on the dropcloth. Insomnia is a bevy of yellow notes suspended just above an empty bed. These neuroses and mental disturbances manifest themselves in objects cluttering otherwise sparsely furnished rooms, multiplied to overtake if not quite overwhelm the space. There is just enough space left to allow the room an occupant (though one is never pictured), one who could hardly help but notice the unique elements featured there but would not yet be immobilized by them.
Sarah Hobbs was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1970, and began to photograph when she was seven years old. She earned both her BFA in Art History (1992) and her MFA in Photography (2000) from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Her solo exhibitions include SubUrban: Sarah Hobbs at Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee, Small Problems in Living at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, and Small Problems in Living at Solomon Projects in Atlanta, Georgia. She has also exhibited in Chicago at Woman Made Gallery; in Poughkeepsie, New York at Barrett House Gallery; in Athens, Georgia at Athens Academy and Georgia Museum of Art; and in Atlanta at Georgia Stage University Gallery, Artwalk, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Upstairs Gallery, and Trinity School Art Auction. Her work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey. Hobbs lives and works in Atlanta.