My work is a creative remnant, much like the agrarian structures of inspiration; it is the product of observation and experience with the juxtaposition of the rural and urban landscapes. Growing up in an average Midwestern city, surrounded by agriculture, agrarian icons became my vernacular of self-expression. With urban sprawl altering my home, I expressed my feelings of this change in the form of dilapidated sculptural vessels, influenced by silos, barns, and grain bins. Transplanted to the urban East Coast, my work has evolved to be a reflection of, rather than a reaction to, the transformation of my Midwestern home.
A native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Greg is a ceramic artist and educator whose work is influenced by rural Midwestern culture and architecture that is disappearing amidst urban sprawl. Greg earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2000 and his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2004. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States in an array of exhibitions. Greg Cochenet is a professor of ceramics at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut.