Beauty and Identity by LaToya Hobbs
In honor of Black History Month, the University Libraries are displaying "Beauty and Identity," an exhibit of paintings and woodcut prints by Arkansas artist LaToya Hobbs.
Hobbs' exhibit is a collection of portraits designed to promote a positive self-image for African American women. Her subjects are beautiful, a point that Hobbs says might be overlooked due to traditional ideals of beauty in the western world. Hobbs makes the subjects of her portraits boldly beautiful, which in turn can remind the subject, or viewer, that beauty can and should be found in other cultures and races. Hobbs also uses symbols, colors, and motifs from traditional African culture to create "bold, iconic representations" to "bridge the gap between modern and traditional African American culture."
Hobbs is a native of North Little Rock. She received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. While studying painting, she developed a keen interest in printmaking, which is now one of her signature mediums. Currently, LaToya is a MFA candidate in the areas of printmaking and painting in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University, where she works as a graduate teaching assistant.
"Beauty and Identity" will be on display in Mullins Library's lobby level through the end of February.
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