Allison CochranRed Lodge, MT

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Allison Cochran (b.1994) grew up in a small suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. Her passion for clay led her to Ohio University where she studied under Tom Bartel, Alex Hibbitt and Brad Schwieger. During her time as an undergraduate student, Allison traveled to Germany where she studied ceramics at the Burg Giebeichenstein School of Art and Design. She has been a resident at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary and was also part of the first Advanced Student Project Network at the Red Lodge Clay Center. Allison completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2016 and is excited to return to Montana as one of the 2016-2017 Long-Term Residents at the Red Lodge Clay Center. During this year Allison will head to Skaelskor, Denmark for the 2016 Project Network at Guldagergaard: International Ceramic Research Center.

I am using ceramics as a way to question the contemporary standards our culture has set through the influence of the media. I find we are directly affected by the images that surround us on a daily basis. Visually permeating, advertising sells us value, image and an overall perception of normalcy. I am interested in the way these constructed images affect our subconscious idea of gender characteristics and body image. Many of my own perceptions stem from my time spent as a college cheerleader. This immersed me in an environment where self worth was based on body weight and personal appearance. I saw first hand the measures taken to achieve a specific physique and became interested in the number of ways that people deal with control in relation to food intake. These include the act of portioning food, smelling food, chewing and spitting it out.

Currently, I am creating porcelain vessels that are designed to aid in the act of self-control over food. The vessels are intended to allude to the feeling of fullness and satisfaction by creating forms that are larger than the space designated to eat from. Small pops of color in these otherwise sanitary white forms give the user a domestic comfort regularly associated with the American standard of consumption.