Human behavior fascinates Gina Cochran. With a background in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Behavior Analysis, Cochran poses the question, "What compels us to do the things we do? More importantly, why do we do some things only once and others repeatedly?" For Cochran, it’s about taking in whatever is presented to humanity, processing it in the most functional way in that moment, and then responding to the original stimulus. Cochran approaches her work in that same way. Her work is a visual representation of an emotional response to the things she experiences on any ordinary day. It comes from a place of resolution, gratitude and ultimately happiness.
Cochran often begins 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. Cochran works 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, Cochran 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.