art, inspiration, collaboration

Diana Hobstetter

Diana Hobstetter has explored language, identity, sexuality, mythology, the nature of creative expression, and more through visual art, music, performance, work, play, relationships, and, well….life. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College in Maine, and moved to London, England, where she worked in galleries, museums, and art funding bodies. Then she jumped the Channel and lived on a boat on the Seine outside of Paris, France, in a bohemian community of artists, musicians, and a vagabond of international mariners, and returned to art-making. After moving to Venice, CA she started creating portraits, whether they were self-portraits, or portraits of the people in the community, or portraits of people's stories in the form of maps or through their scars (such as in the "Fragile Flesh" series in the "Language" show). She participated in an NEA-funded program to teach artists to make websites, and started her web design business, Second Street Design Studio. Becoming a wife and mother became her primary art project for a few years, and most recently she expanded into song-writing, music-making, and performance. Upon picking up the accordion 6 years ago, she transformed into Mrs. Hobbs, the "Post-Pop Cabaret Squeezebox Diva" and is Miss December in the 2011 Accordion Babes Pinup Calendar. She has collaborated with artists of various media, from poets, clowns, puppeteers, dancers, and other musicians, ultimately creating an alt-opera "Chimera" which was performed at Highways Performance Space this past October. And for the last year or so, she has collaborated with singer/songwriter/guitarist, lovemando, to create the jazz/blues/folk duo band, Ketchup Soup. She also started hoop-dancing a few years ago and performed musically and hooping-ly at LA Art Lab's "Round and Round" show. 

Diana is excited to have both her visual art and her musical art (Ketchup Soup will be performing at the opening and closing receptions) be a part of LA Art Lab's "Language" show.