One of Australia’s fastest rising art stars, Jess Cochrane has recently returned to her hometown of Canberra for a brief stint from her home base in London.

She has created new large-scale multidisciplinary pieces specifically for a solo exhibition, Mixed Signals, opening at aMBUSH Gallery Canberra on 10 February 2022.

Mixed Signals is a body of work that explores themes around desire and semiotics (the study of signs and symbols as elements of communicative behaviour) through Jess’s digital photography, which she styles in an editorial manner then paints over to provide the element of subversion she has become known for.

Produced and presented by aMBUSH Gallery, and co-curated with Cochrane, Mixed Signals is a brilliantly conceived and lively assortment of portraits featuring Cochrane’s friends, acquaintances and people she admires.

By including recognisable elements and iconography that reference popular culture and identity, Cochrane reveals the reflective creative spirit that pervades her work.

Opening night for Mixed Signals is Thursday, 10 February from 5-6pm for VIP Hour and 6-8pm for general public admission at aMBUSH Gallery (Cultural Centre Kambri, ANU Building 153, L2, Acton ACT), with complimentary drinks supplied by Capital Brewing Co. and Lerida Estate, and music from a local Canberra DJ.

In addition to the exhibition, Jess will be conducting a series of in-person, hands-on collage workshops for both ANU and UC students, as well as separate events for the general public. These workshops will be free of charge but bookings are essential. Check back on the aMBUSH Gallery website for more information as details are confirmed.

Mixed Signals will be open free of charge to the public until Sunday 20 March (showing daily from 10am-6pm weekdays and 12pm-5pm on weekends). All artworks are for sale.

Please note that aMBUSH Gallery is a Covid-safe venue operating according to current government rules and regulations, and density limits will apply.