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Nichole Cochran

Nichole Cochran

Artist Statement

 

When I was a child, I wanted to be a zookeeper. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a biologist. Today, I want to be an artist – an artist who focuses on animals. I love to explore the beauty of Creation in my work. My scientific roots have led me to seek to convey aspects of zoology and animal behavior within my designs. I create animal clip-arts that can be used as templates for other projects, photorealistic portraits of animals that preserve their real-life qualities and beauty, and illustrative scenes that depict animal characters. 

According to The Oxford American College Dictionary, anthropomorphism is defined as “the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object.”  From talking four-legged animals to clothed bi-pedal cartoon animals, any animal with human-like characteristics is considered anthropomorphic. Parodic material like anthropomorphism is effective for communicating without having to create real-life scenarios; anthropomorphism acts as a parody for human experience. Animals are effective stand-ins for people because they don’t have to be associated with any particular person; they are therefore good for representing human struggles and experiences in universal terms. This has only served in increasing my appreciation of animals in my art as I have developed my personal artistic identity.