Ann Brownlee Hobgood

Recycled Folks
assemblage using found objects

I create figurative assemblages from found objects with a particular interest in using materials from historic sites. I live in a recently restored 1880 cotton mill village called Glencoe, near Burlington, NC. It is a treasure trove of industrial waste and castoffs from history! I have collected barrels and boxes full of scrap metal, wood, ceramic, paper, glass, and plastic from the ground, from under old houses, from the river, and from deserted mill buildings. My friends and neighbors contribute toward cleaning up the environment by donating their discards to me in piles on my front porch. I gather oddments from metal recyclers, junk car yards, thrift shops, flea markets, and roadside discard piles. Many of my works are focused on "save-the-earth" or "celebrating earth" themes, and often include globes or maps. Ideas often spring from song lyrics or titles or from the various found objects themselves. Using wood, metal, plastic, glass shards, and LOTS of screws, bolts, Apoxy Sculpt, Liquid Nails, and epoxy glue, I mainly design human figures but also create some animals as garden sculptures.

Artist Bio

Bio - Ann Brownlee Hobgood Ann has BA degree in studio art from UNC-Chapel Hill and for many years owned her own business creating designs for the needlework industry. She has also designed large commercial interiors in North Carolina. After retiring in 2009, she has worked on her art using recycled materials, mostly figurative sculptures and collages. She has been included in several juried shows including Scrapel Hill and Art on the Vine and was previously associated with Somerhill Gallery. Her art is for sale at Fine and Folk Art Carolina in Mebane and from her gallery in her home in Burlington. She has been very active with a variety of public arts projects in the Triangle. As the "pioneer" for the preservation of the Glencoe Mill Village in Burlington, she renovated the first house there in 1999 and gives tours by appointment of the 1880 structure. For the last 15 years of her non-art career, Ann worked for UNC and All Kinds of Minds in Chapel Hill as the senior learning specialist and product/program developer.