Having grown up in two households filled with people, Lynne Hobaica was constantly reminded of the profound diversity of each individual’s emotional language. She grew to recognize and appreciate how we communicate, or don’t, our feelings to one another. After leaving home, through much achievement and failure, she learned more about communication; how challenging it can be and ultimately how fulfilling it is. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona under the shadow of her father’s air company jingle, “You’ll lika-a Hobaica,” a play with her name which could be a root of the weird, slightly anxious humor you find in her art. She received her BFA from Syracuse University in 2010 where she studied both History of Art and Ceramics. She later completed her MFA in Conceptual Ceramic Sculpture at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. Hobaica has interned at museums including the Everson Art Museum in Syracuse, NY and the Museum of Northern Arizona. She was a resident at Flower City Arts Center in the years 2010-2011 and is currently a resident at Pottery Northwest in Seattle, WA.
My work is fueled by thoughts on how the human awareness of death propels how we live. Reflecting on the dynamic of building, maintaining, and ending relationships. I am inspired by the stories we live and that we will be remembered by. Whether it be run-of-the-mill mistakes (which for a moment feel like they might end the world), or working against distance and time to hold relationships together, or the joyful awkwardness of exploring new relationships. How with every new person you let into your life, somehow you become a new person.
My hope is to communicate some of the intricate complexities of life through humor and through empathy. I reveal characters that seem as though they’ve been pulled from mythologies and fairytales, and give them an emotion or gesture that you might connect with; perhaps you recognize an old friend, a past lover or yourself. It is through these connections and more that I am inspired to make the work that I make, ultimately to share my own stories, and the stories that others have generously shared with me.