Principally an installation artist, living close to the sea, beachcombing is a constant in my life. The urge to collect, categorise, order and display my found objects satisfies a need to come to terms with past loss and to find a fulfilling way forward.
I am currently engaged in an A level Photography course at Sussex Coast College. Once again my family have been my inspirations; in the first year, five generations of my female line and latterly photos of my late husband Nick and our son Jim. My main thrust this year is cameraless photography - making inkjet transfer prints and when the weather allows, Anthotypes [making sunprints with crushed berries and leaves].
My final BA project involved an installation using slide projection with additional sound, bringing to life my great grandmother's diary of 1863, when she travelled to Europe with her reporter father, at a time when the Polish Uprising was taking place and the Eiffel Tower had not yet been built.
The diary highlights many parallels with historical events unfolding around us at this moment and used relevant images and sound in the hope of capturing the viewers' imagination - to inform as well as entertain.
"...Penny Hobson's wonderfully atmospheric installation based on her great grandmother's travel diary from a trip to the continent in 1863 combines audio extracts with a slideshow of telegrams, etchings, flyers and portraits - it is almost impossible to tear yourself away from." (Bexhill Observer, June 2011)