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Hobbs creates painted sculptures and installations made almost entirely from recycled materials. Amazon boxes, trash bags filled with packing peanuts, toilet paper rolls, milk jugs, and plastic sheets are assembled together and coated in pulverized newspaper creating a rough, gray surface. The fossil-like forms take the shape of blocks with decorative details, fragments of statuesque figures, personal items, and some of the historical signifiers and symbols that can be found around Hobbs’ home in Philadelphia, a city that is rife with history, myth and symbolic meaning. At times the objects appear to be the artifacts of a lost civilization, disconnected from their origins. Through this work, Hobbs highlights the impermanence of meaning. Her stately symbols are disconnected from their corresponding ideals, leaving room for new values to emerge.

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