....ARC : Pamela HOBBS
Pamela Hobbs is a fine-art photographer whose work explores feminine identity. She creates miniature scenes to photograph composed of dolls, plaster figures, sculpted forms and painted backdrops. The black and white photographs are toned and sometimes hand-colored. The effect is surreal and mysterious.
Her most recent group of photographs entitled, "Time and Remembering"(2009-11) is a series of sepia-toned photographs which address the issues of memory and loss. Antique wooden chambers and curio cases house dried flowers, broken eggs and forgotten dolls. Images are housed in rustic shadowbox frames or encased in wax.
"Dearly Departed" (2007) is a series of sepia-toned photographs which consider the issues of death and mortality. Women are pictured in twilight landscapes disappearing into uncertain futures. A woman, who is becoming part of the landscape, stands at a window gazing at the specter of herself in a moonlit scene. Other images picture statuesque forms of women obscured in cocoon-like enclosures, with dried flowers and discarded nests.
The series of photographs entitled, "Motherland" (2003) considers the idea of fertility and reproduction in the feminine experience. Natural forms such as nests and cocoons are found in landscapes and combined with figurative elements. "Woman" is pictured in a larger, impersonal context of metamorphosis, decomposition and regeneration. Sepia-toned, she is frozen in a silent landscape as a statuesque ideal.
"Rights of Passage" (2000) illustrates girls' coming of age stories. Images are inspired by short stories written by women and the depiction of girls' transition to women in history. These works were also inspired by women surrealist artists such as Frieda Kahlo, Remedios Varo, Leonor Fini, Kay Sage and Dorothea Tanning who used the figure and nature to picture feminine identity.