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Talking Art with Latoya Hobbs

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A large-scale painting by Baltimore-based artist Latoya M. Hobbs, The Everyday, is now on display at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA.

This powerful self-portrait, created in 2020, features the artist with her two sons, who are home schooled. The figures gaze directly at us as we observe them in the interior of their home, a reminder of the magnificence of our everyday moments. This work is part of the artist’s “Salt of the Earth” series in which modern matriarchs are portrayed as heroic figures.

Listen to the conversation here with artist and educator Latoya M. Hobbs about her belief that Black women are preservers of their families and communities, the importance of accurate representation in art, and her prestigious mixed-media practice which includes printmaking and woodcutting.

The Everyday is on view in Gallery 210 and is now part of the permanent collection, thanks to a major corporate gift by Quad City Bank & Trust. The Figge Art Museum is located at 225 W. Second St. in Davenport.

Carolyn Martin joined WVIK as a host of Talking Art in 2017. A long-time fan of NPR programming with a love of storytelling and all art forms, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with creative people who beautify our community and make the Quad Cities region an even better place to live.