Blair Hobbs likes to find weird surprises in the mundane world. Primarily, she finds bright oddities in plants, animals, and the human body. Each canvas is a box of assembled visual cues that form an imagined narrative, and those narratives range from bittersweet (or just bitter) to magical to eerie to humorous. Many pieces include written words that prompt or propel the narrative.
Each drawing is a paper cut-out glued or sewn to canvas. Other materials include acrylic paints, colored pencils, ink, handmade papers, sequins, glitter, thread, gold dust, duct tape, candy wrappers, and broken Christmas tree balls.
Hobbs was born in Oxford, Mississippi and grew up in Auburn, Alabama. Her art-professor mother, Marleah Hobbs, gave her a world of paints, papers, and love for creating bright canvases. Hobbs has an MA in Creative Writing from Hollins University and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Mississippi where she teaches Creative Writing. She lives in Oxford, MS, with her husband, John T Edge and son, Jess.