Eve Cockcroft: Compton’s Line Runs Blue
by Pasadena Adjacent
Eva Cockcroft, was a Los Angeles muralist who died in 1999 at the age of 62. She often addressed social themes in her work. Cockcroft was also a widely published critic with a commitment to political art. Cockcroft cowrote Toward a People’s Art: The Contemporary Mural Movement, first published in 1972 and reissued in 1998.
I remember when she was working on the Compton station. She feared that she had exceded the budget and would be stuck paying for it out of pocket. I think she did overextend herself but maybe it was meant to be. I believe she sang her swan song in Compton. The last time I saw Eve, we were both competing for a project at a small Hollywood theater. We both lost the commission to the “Third Man”.