Denial, from the Emotional Management series
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Sarah Hobbs examines human behavior by constructing physical representations of emotions, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive activities. Multiplied objects clutter the sterile, carefully arranged rooms and characterize neuroses and mental disorders. She explains, “our worlds are filtered through our experiences and the makeup of our inner selves. . . . Whether a setting makes you feel comfortable or uncomfortable depends on you and what you bring to it.” Though there is space for an occupant in the scenes, one never appears. Here the viewer becomes the unseen individual in front of the butterfly-covered mirror, denying what the reflection may reveal.