Kayla Cochran is a Massachusetts-born artist currently living and working in Seattle, Washington. She received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Montserrat College of Art in 2015, where she received both the Montserrat Painting Award and the Montserrat Art Education Award. Since then, she has been teaching middle school, high school, and undergraduate level art courses. She received an MFA from the University of Washington in 2023.
Artist StatementThis project is an extension of my longstanding interest in visual storytelling through domestic still life. In an attempt to discover these stories, I rely heavily on the practice of collecting and investigating evidence of existence. In search of human paraphernalia that hold some anonymous history, I find artifacts that, together, evoke new narratives and place value in moments and items that were once discarded. This project has developed into a series of interdisciplinary set-ups that collapse expectations of reality and dimensionality. It disorients through uncanny familiarity and illusion, communicating a sense of both nostalgia and anxiety. The work weaves together personal stories of growing up in Massachusetts with those of anonymous figures and fictional characters. There is a human presence that transcends the body and grants subjectivity to inanimate paraphernalia. I encourage viewers to step into this mirror world, reminiscent of a dream, in search of a feeling, an answer, or a memory.