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Naomi Hobson (AU)
Image: Naomi Hobson, Fish Boys (detail), 2022, from the series Adolescent Wonderland. Commissioned by Photo Australia for PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography. Courtesy the artist.
Naomi Hobson is an artist practising in painting, photography and ceramics. She resides in Coen. Her colourful abstract compositions act as a link between individuality and a shared identity, her photography grapples with indigenous identity and social issues confronting indigenous peoples.
Hobson uses the observation of her home surroundings, human interactions and her own feelings to create images that invites people in. Hobson’s work can be viewed as symbolic of the lives of young people in her community. Her composition has a purpose, from colour, style, to the body language, and the combination of all elements creates the final conceptual image of black JOY. She believes black home is a great space to learn and educate people about black LOVE.
“In our space we get to fully show up as our natural selves. We get to be bold; we get to be colourful. We get to fully embrace our uniqueness. We get to celebrate our culture and all that it has to offer where the lights of society rarely chooses to shine. I am a positive person and this positivity often reflects on my work delivering images with a strong messaging; overcoming obstacles, being true to yourself, expressing pride. My images are characterizing from simple home settings with highly aesthetic charm. I want my work to be viewed as a whole story and condensed in one frame.” —Naomi Hobson
Commissioned by Photo Australia and the City of Melbourne