18: Sara Cochran

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

Sara Cochran
Sara Cochran is from from Glasgow, Scotland and a trained art historian who says she's been very lucky to have moved a lot.

She's worked in museum settings and art institutions across the globe and for the past four years (almost exactly to the day, she says), she's been the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Phoenix Art Museum.

courtesy of the Phoenix Art Museum
I came to Phoenix with ... high expectations and a job offer. This is a major national city and we deserve a thriving and rigorous contemporary art scene. Any art-scene is an eco-system and all parts of it have to be healthy, productive and engaged: artists, galleries, collectors, art schools, the public, press and the institutions. We need to encourage more conversations and widen the debates, so that there is a greater excitement and awareness of what is being created in our community.

I work with contemporary art because ... it is about us: here and now. When I was deciding on the topic for my thesis, I was lucky enough to have to choose between two extraordinary fields: Renaissance drawings and contemporary art. I realised that I wanted to be part of this big, wonderful, maddening and ever-changing conversation about contemporary art practices. You never know what an artist will do next and entering an artist's studio to see new work is always a thrill.

I'm most productive when ... I'm talking about art. All the neurons start firing and thinking about the work, its broader context and the quality of its facture and concept.

Installation of "Seeing is Believing" at Phoenix Art Museum, photo by Ken Howie
My inspiration wall is full of ... clever invitations to art openings (I am a sucker for great design) and images of artworks that I've seen recently. There are some perennial favourites: anything by wonderful Lawrence Weiner and smart and funny Roman Signer as well as Pieter Hugo's terrifying The Hyena and Other Men series to name a few.

courtesy of the Phoenix Art Museum
I've learned the most from ... the artworks themselves. You can do all the planning in the world but artworks have lives of their own and their meaning, resonance and impact can morph. You can find yourself standing in an exhibition space and faced with certain works that just wont play nicely together: their colours are slightly off or one work completely dominates the other and shuts it down. You have to take them on their own terms and be mindful of their physicality.

Good work should always ... be discussed and enjoyed for all its facets. That can take time.

The Phoenix creative scene could use ... more exposure to and at the national and international levels. Go forth and conquer!

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee
49. Kyle Jordre
48. Julie C. Kent
47. Sean Deckert
46. Niba DelCastillo
45. Joseph Benesh
44. Ashley Harder
43. Dan Vermillion
42. Daniel Shepherd
41. James B. Hunt
40. Lori Fenn
39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen
38. Wayne Rainey
37. Christian Filardo
36. Melissa Cody
35. Jason Rudolph Peña
34. Cindy Iverson
33. Ryan Gentry
32. Sebastien Millon
31. Andrea Beesley
30. Chris Pruitt
29. Robert Diehl
28. Rachel Malloy
27. Jonathan Simon
26. Ann Morton
25. Kim Moody
24. Kevin Flanagan
23. Such and Champ Styles
22. Julia Fournier
21. Rebecca Green
20. Jules Demetrius
19. Averian Chee

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