Susanne Cockrell came to visual
art with a background in experimental dance and theater. Early influences
include Judson Church, eastern medicine, and undergraduate studies in
anthropology and environmental science. Her works craft intersubjective
encounters that build upon symbolic gestures and the poetics of daily life,
often in relationship to landscape and connection to place.
For the past 10 years, Cockrell
has focused her practice on creating large-scale commissions for museums and
public spaces, under the rubric of Fieldfaring Projects (www.fieldfaring.org).
These collaborative projects ask questions about systems of critical exchange,
food and farming in the urban landscape, and explorations of informal social
economies. Recent projects have been supported by the Contemporary Art Center
Cincinnati, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for the
Arts, the Confederation Arts Center, Charlottetown, PEI and the Creative
Capital Foundation. Cockrell is an Associate Professor and Chair of
Community Arts at California College of the Arts.