Kristen Cochran is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Dallas, TX. Originally from Portland, OR, she moved to Texas to complete her MFA at The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. She has exhibited her work locally, nationally and internationally and has been awarded residencies in Long Island City, NY, Mittersill, Austria, Banner, Wyoming and The Center for Arts and Medicine at Baylor Hospital (Dallas, TX). Kristen has taught extensively at universities and museums in the Dallas-Fort Worth area including The University of Texas, Dallas, The Nasher Sculpture Center and The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Recent exhibitions include chroma soma at Barry Whistler Gallery (Dallas, TX), Fold In at Lawndale Arts Center (Houston, TX), GOALS at the Stein Galleries (Wright State University, Dayton, OH) and Material Intension at ex ovo projects. She will participate in the exhibition After Carolee: Tender & Fierce at Artpace San Antonio and The NARS Foundation International Artist Residency in Brooklyn, NY in 2020.
Ms. Cochran’s recent work explores the pleasures, absurdities and banalities of daily labor (be it physical, mental or spiritual) and its symbolic implications. Her transdisciplinary work shape shifts in the forms of sculpture, drawing, video and installation and is often comprised of quotidian materials such as bread, clay, clothing, shirt pockets and copper plumbing—materials used as they relate to the gestures, needs and aspirations of human beings at work.