Samantha Obman is a photographic artist originally from the United States. She has been based in the United Kingdom since 2017 and currently lives and works in Belfast. Her work examines and critiques the domestic space, currently using a combination of digital photography and printing on household objects. Obman’s work has always dealt with the idea of home and what it looks like.
Don’t Air Your Dirty Laundry is concerned with transgressions of home. By provoking the intangible aspects of home through constructed everyday scenes, it examines the façades and uneasiness that comes with the disruption of symbolism within the domestic space. It aims to both question and criticise the significance of the outward-facing domestic space and the complex systems and hierarchies at work within this place. Through subversion of the ideal, the work asks the viewer to consider what the illusions or façades of home convey, as well as what they conceal. What is the purpose of these structures, and what does it mean when someone or something deviates?