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Finding Black and Light 

Lisa Cochrane’s love for found objects, and her appreciation for the natural world, help her turn road kill into assemblage art.

click to enlarge Lisa Cochrane throws us a bone.
  • Lisa Cochrane throws us a bone.

"Someone left me a dead fox in a bag as a gift once," recalls found object-lover Lisa Cochrane. This wasn't a childish prank, it was an honest to goodness gift perfectly suited for Cochrane, who's known for collecting nests and bones and picking up road kill. Animals and bones have been a recurring theme in her work for decades, from choreographing dance pieces around live rabbits, to a CBC film about Christians and palaentologists called The Cross and Bones, to an installation at the National Arts Centre that featured 50 live rabbits. Cochrane's newest exhibit Black and Light has been in the works since 2008, beginning as a break from writing, and it channels her fascination with bones contrasting it with a love of texture, and wire. "I see these pieces in the same way I see dance and see a great deal of theatricality in my assemblage pieces," she says. Luckily Cochrane's work takes centre stage until March 10.

To March 10, FRED. Beauty Food Art, 2606 Agricola Street

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