Trained as an art historian, Mary Daniel Hobson was deeply inspired by her graduate studies of Surrealism to look below the surface and combine photography with mixed media. Whether bottling photographs in mineral oil, creating intimate still-lives or building collages, Hobson consistently explores inner geography and layered experience.
In 1996, she created her first photo-collages in Mapping the Body, a seven-year series exploring the emotions and experiences housed in the body. This was followed by the Milagros series, in which she photographed people’s arms and asked them to write a wish for a miracle and created collages as visual affirmations of each wish. She shifted to sculpture with Bottle Dreams, in which photographs and other texts are bottled in mineral oil as a metaphor for the fluid and fragmentary nature of memory. She began using still life photography to express emotional states of mind in two print series, Evocations and Sanctuary. Her most recent collages explore the initiation of motherhood and the benevolence that can be found in darkness.
Uniting all of Hobson’s work is a strong appreciation for the tactile and the symbolic. There is also an embedded belief that artwork can convey the complexity of our psychological existence and help us make sense of and navigate an ever shifting world.
Hobson’s mixed media pieces have been exhibited nationally and are in numerous collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Twitter, and the Albuquerque Museum. Hobson is also the co-author of the children’s book, The Wolf Who Ate the Sky, and the former Executive Director of the Arts & Healing Network.