BIO

Sara Hubbs is a visual artist whose work examines the discarded shapes of material culture as sites of meaning. She uses abstraction to connect intimacy, absence, and relationships between objects and the body within the context of the everyday. Sara makes both two and three-dimensional work, utilizing plaster, glass, paper and product packaging.

She has shown locally, nationally and internationally. Her work has been included in group shows at the Ex-Teresa Arte Cultural in Mexico City, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, The Castle Gallery at the College of New Rochelle, NY, Yun Gee Park Gallery in Tucson, Spattered Columns in NYC, and Modified Arts in Phoenix among others. She attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at The Cooper Union and is a founding member of the Stew-dio Visit Artist Collective, recipient of a stART Mini Grant from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Sara completed a BFA in Painting at Arizona State University and an MFA in Visual Art at The George Washington University where she received the Morris Louis Fellowship.

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Statement
 
I am interested in the industrial body, post-consumer intimacy, as well as the tension and enmeshment between bodies and the body of objects. My work engages the ambiguous and the emergent, sitting between the recognizable, the abstract and unknown.

My glass sculptures are based on plastic vacuum-formed toy and product packaging and plaster casts of the human body. From these shapes I create a plaster mold into which glass is blown. The plastic is machine-made, the plaster molds are made by hand, and the blown glass is created with the breath. Each pushes material to create form, to push shape.

They may veer into the familiar, the erotic, the animal, or the absurd. They touch the unseen, empty and unknown territories. The glass vessels feel both absent and present, vulnerable and strong, ancient and futuristic and hold space for all of this to exist together.