Cassandra Cochrane is an Anishinaabe artist from Rainy River First Nations (Manito Baawitigong). Through the use of beadwork, sewing, printmaking, textiles, and ceramics, Cochrane creates work that encourages and provokes conversations about the contemporary Indigenous experience. Cochrane’s own history and relationships are often the vehicle through which topics such as addressing negative stereotypes, celebrating women, and the representation of Indigenous people in a positive light, are delivered. Cochrane hopes her work highlights the love, respect and resilience of Anishinaabe people.
Cochrane has a history of selling bead- and ribbon-work to private collectors throughout Turtle Island. She was the Indigenous Scholar-in-Residence at the Manitoba Museum during the Summer of 2019. Her exhibition history includes: Shiibaashka’igan: Honoring the Sacred Jingle Dress at the Lake of the Woods Museum in Kenora (July 2019); Something Funky at the Tache Gallery, University of Manitoba (May 2019); in the School of Fine Arts Student Association Show at the Edge Gallery in Winnipeg (April 2019); and She Pressed a Flower to Her Face: A Feminist Revisioning of Colour at the School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba (February 2019). In June of 2015 Cochrane was commissioned to paint a tipi for MacEwan University’s Aboriginal Education Centre in Edmonton.