Gina cochran

Human behavior fascinates me. My background is in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Behavior Analysis.  What compels us to do the things we do? More importantly, why do we do some things only once and others repeatedly? It’s about taking in whatever is presented to us, processing it in the most functional way for us at that moment, and then responding to the original stimulus.  I feel that I approach my work the same way.  My work is a visual representation of an emotional response to the things I experience on any ordinary day. It comes from a place of resolution, gratitude and ultimately happiness.  There’s usually no deep social or political commentary to my work, nor am I trying to emulate one of the greats or to match a sofa, it’s simply a series of reactions. 

I often begin a piece with text written in charcoal, the seed from which the piece will grow.  That text is then mostly covered with collaged shapes, weight, lightness, darkness and color.  It is then brought to a more expressive, gestural energy with paint and ink.  I work in many layers, often tucking things in or masking something out, sometimes repeating the entire process.  It’s completely process driven, an energetic dialogue of responses and reactions.  The resulting surfaces are thick, marred & textured, and rich with secrets.   

An Alabama native, Gina currently lives in rural northern VA with her husband and son. She is a self-taught artist working in mixed media as well as encaustic.   She has been exhibiting her work since 2003.  Her work is in private and corporate collections throughout the US.