11 1/4 by 14 on 11 3/4 by 14 inch paper
Signed Edition of 50
(American, b. 1970)
Before Sarah Hobbs begins staging scenes in her Atlanta home (which doubles as her studio), she researched such human behaviors as phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder. Small Problems in Living, her sixth series to explore the human psyche, ranges in subject from claustrophobia to insomnia, paranoia to vanity, but consistently constructs acute tableaux staged in domestic settings. These neuroses and mental disturbances manifest themselves as multiple objects in otherwise sparsely furnished rooms, positioned to overtake, if not overwhelm, the space. Hobbs leaves just enough room for an occupant (though one is never pictured) who would be forced to navigate the obstacles but would not yet be immobilized by them.