Lisa Kokin


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    Lisa Kokin
    Cordifolia #2

    Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull

    41" x 60" x 14"

    "Most of the pieces in the Spines and Fragments series are made from self-help books which I scavenge from the local recycling center. I am continually struck by all the various panaceas promised by the books. Any ailment or predicament can be cured or resolved, often within a specified amount of time, by the smiling person on the dust jacket.
    "Most of the books I find are in pristine condition. I wonder if they’ve ever been read. The spines and the various ways I can use them are what intrigue me. Sometimes the titles remain partially or wholly intact, but sometimes I sacrifice the titles to make cheery shapes like flowers and leaves, which I hope will create eternal happiness for the viewer in five days or less."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Cordifolia #2, detail

    Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull

    41" x 60" x 14"

    "Most of the pieces in the Spines and Fragments series are made from self-help books which I scavenge from the local recycling center. I am continually struck by all the various panaceas promised by the books. Any ailment or predicament can be cured or resolved, often within a specified amount of time, by the smiling person on the dust jacket.
    "Most of the books I find are in pristine condition. I wonder if they’ve ever been read. The spines and the various ways I can use them are what intrigue me. Sometimes the titles remain partially or wholly intact, but sometimes I sacrifice the titles to make cheery shapes like flowers and leaves, which I hope will create eternal happiness for the viewer in five days or less."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Cordifolia #2, detail

    Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull

    41" x 60" x 14"

    "Most of the pieces in the Spines and Fragments series are made from self-help books which I scavenge from the local recycling center. I am continually struck by all the various panaceas promised by the books. Any ailment or predicament can be cured or resolved, often within a specified amount of time, by the smiling person on the dust jacket.
    "Most of the books I find are in pristine condition. I wonder if they’ve ever been read. The spines and the various ways I can use them are what intrigue me. Sometimes the titles remain partially or wholly intact, but sometimes I sacrifice the titles to make cheery shapes like flowers and leaves, which I hope will create eternal happiness for the viewer in five days or less."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Cordifolia #2, detail

    Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull

    41" x 60" x 14"

    "Most of the pieces in the Spines and Fragments series are made from self-help books which I scavenge from the local recycling center. I am continually struck by all the various panaceas promised by the books. Any ailment or predicament can be cured or resolved, often within a specified amount of time, by the smiling person on the dust jacket.
    "Most of the books I find are in pristine condition. I wonder if they’ve ever been read. The spines and the various ways I can use them are what intrigue me. Sometimes the titles remain partially or wholly intact, but sometimes I sacrifice the titles to make cheery shapes like flowers and leaves, which I hope will create eternal happiness for the viewer in five days or less."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Vitis

    Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull

    62" x 35" x 15"

    "Most of the pieces in the Spines and Fragments series are made from self-help books which I scavenge from the local recycling center. I am continually struck by all the various panaceas promised by the books. Any ailment or predicament can be cured or resolved, often within a specified amount of time, by the smiling person on the dust jacket.
    "Most of the books I find are in pristine condition. I wonder if they’ve ever been read. The spines and the various ways I can use them are what intrigue me. Sometimes the titles remain partially or wholly intact, but sometimes I sacrifice the titles to make cheery shapes like flowers and leaves, which I hope will create eternal happiness for the viewer in five days or less."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Vitis, detail

    Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull

    62" x 35" x 15"

    "Most of the pieces in the Spines and Fragments series are made from self-help books which I scavenge from the local recycling center. I am continually struck by all the various panaceas promised by the books. Any ailment or predicament can be cured or resolved, often within a specified amount of time, by the smiling person on the dust jacket.
    "Most of the books I find are in pristine condition. I wonder if they’ve ever been read. The spines and the various ways I can use them are what intrigue me. Sometimes the titles remain partially or wholly intact, but sometimes I sacrifice the titles to make cheery shapes like flowers and leaves, which I hope will create eternal happiness for the viewer in five days or less."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Vitis, detail

    Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull

    62" x 35" x 15"

    "Most of the pieces in the Spines and Fragments series are made from self-help books which I scavenge from the local recycling center. I am continually struck by all the various panaceas promised by the books. Any ailment or predicament can be cured or resolved, often within a specified amount of time, by the smiling person on the dust jacket.
    "Most of the books I find are in pristine condition. I wonder if they’ve ever been read. The spines and the various ways I can use them are what intrigue me. Sometimes the titles remain partially or wholly intact, but sometimes I sacrifice the titles to make cheery shapes like flowers and leaves, which I hope will create eternal happiness for the viewer in five days or less."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Vitis, detail

    Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull

    62" x 35" x 15"

    "Most of the pieces in the Spines and Fragments series are made from self-help books which I scavenge from the local recycling center. I am continually struck by all the various panaceas promised by the books. Any ailment or predicament can be cured or resolved, often within a specified amount of time, by the smiling person on the dust jacket.
    "Most of the books I find are in pristine condition. I wonder if they’ve ever been read. The spines and the various ways I can use them are what intrigue me. Sometimes the titles remain partially or wholly intact, but sometimes I sacrifice the titles to make cheery shapes like flowers and leaves, which I hope will create eternal happiness for the viewer in five days or less."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Sweep

    Spines and Fragments series.
    Paperback book covers, wire, thread, mull

    62" x 73"

    "Most of the pieces in the Spines and Fragments series are made from self-help books which I scavenge from the local recycling center. I am continually struck by all the various panaceas promised by the books. Any ailment or predicament can be cured or resolved, often within a specified amount of time, by the smiling person on the dust jacket.
    "Most of the books I find are in pristine condition. I wonder if they’ve ever been read. The spines and the various ways I can use them are what intrigue me. Sometimes the titles remain partially or wholly intact, but sometimes I sacrifice the titles to make cheery shapes like flowers and leaves, which I hope will create eternal happiness for the viewer in five days or less."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Sweep, detail

    Spines and Fragments series.
    Paperback book covers, wire, thread, mull

    62" x 73"

    "Most of the pieces in the Spines and Fragments series are made from self-help books which I scavenge from the local recycling center. I am continually struck by all the various panaceas promised by the books. Any ailment or predicament can be cured or resolved, often within a specified amount of time, by the smiling person on the dust jacket.
    "Most of the books I find are in pristine condition. I wonder if they’ve ever been read. The spines and the various ways I can use them are what intrigue me. Sometimes the titles remain partially or wholly intact, but sometimes I sacrifice the titles to make cheery shapes like flowers and leaves, which I hope will create eternal happiness for the viewer in five days or less."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Sweep, detail

    Spines and Fragments series.
    Paperback book covers, wire, thread, mull

    62" x 73"

    "Most of the pieces in the Spines and Fragments series are made from self-help books which I scavenge from the local recycling center. I am continually struck by all the various panaceas promised by the books. Any ailment or predicament can be cured or resolved, often within a specified amount of time, by the smiling person on the dust jacket.
    "Most of the books I find are in pristine condition. I wonder if they’ve ever been read. The spines and the various ways I can use them are what intrigue me. Sometimes the titles remain partially or wholly intact, but sometimes I sacrifice the titles to make cheery shapes like flowers and leaves, which I hope will create eternal happiness for the viewer in five days or less."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Primary

    Raveling series
    Thread, stiffener

    31" x 31"

    "Raveling is the thread from a woven or knitted fabric that has frayed or started to unravel. I chose this title for a series of thread pieces which I began shortly after my mother’s death in December 2011.
    "My mother was five months’ short of her hundredth birthday when she died. She had spent the last seven and a half years in a skilled nursing facility. As her only child, I had looked after her and witnessed her slow and steady physical and mental decline, a difficult and at times emotionally wrenching process.
    "The source material for the series are words, both written and spoken, from my mother’s last years and some from her last days. I also used the shapes of leaves that I gathered on the day she died and a photo of the two of us taken when I was six."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Primary, detail

    Raveling series
    Thread, stiffener

    31" x 31"

    "Raveling is the thread from a woven or knitted fabric that has frayed or started to unravel. I chose this title for a series of thread pieces which I began shortly after my mother’s death in December 2011.
    "My mother was five months’ short of her hundredth birthday when she died. She had spent the last seven and a half years in a skilled nursing facility. As her only child, I had looked after her and witnessed her slow and steady physical and mental decline, a difficult and at times emotionally wrenching process.
    "The source material for the series are words, both written and spoken, from my mother’s last years and some from her last days. I also used the shapes of leaves that I gathered on the day she died and a photo of the two of us taken when I was six."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Quercus Alba

    Thread series
    Thread, wire, stiffener, page fragments from How to Know the Birds

    54" x 48" x 13"

    "Since moving to a wooded area of El Sobrante, my work has changed to incorporate horticultural imagery, a reflection of my new surroundings. I began observing the wide variety of plants and leaves and using them in my work.
    "My work often involves paradox. An aesthetically appealing image, when observed from afar, does not reveal the thought-provoking content which becomes apparent when viewed at closer range. Quercus Alba incorporates text and illustrations from How to Know the Birds."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Quercus Alba, detail

    Thread series
    Thread, wire, stiffener, page fragments from How to Know the Birds

    54" x 48" x 13"

    "Since moving to a wooded area of El Sobrante, my work has changed to incorporate horticultural imagery, a reflection of my new surroundings. I began observing the wide variety of plants and leaves and using them in my work.
    "My work often involves paradox. An aesthetically appealing image, when observed from afar, does not reveal the thought-provoking content which becomes apparent when viewed at closer range. Quercus Alba incorporates text and illustrations from How to Know the Birds."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Quercus Alba, detail

    Thread series
    Thread, wire, stiffener, page fragments from How to Know the Birds

    54" x 48" x 13"

    "Since moving to a wooded area of El Sobrante, my work has changed to incorporate horticultural imagery, a reflection of my new surroundings. I began observing the wide variety of plants and leaves and using them in my work.
    "My work often involves paradox. An aesthetically appealing image, when observed from afar, does not reveal the thought-provoking content which becomes apparent when viewed at closer range. Quercus Alba incorporates text and illustrations from How to Know the Birds."

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    Lisa Kokin
    My Answer

    Spines and Fragments series.
    Self-help book spines, wire, thread, mull

    48" x 54" x 3"

    "Most of the pieces in the Spines and Fragments series are made from self-help books which I scavenge from the local recycling center. I am continually struck by all the various panaceas promised by the books. Any ailment or predicament can be cured or resolved, often within a specified amount of time, by the smiling person on the dust jacket.
    "Most of the books I find are in pristine condition. I wonder if they’ve ever been read. The spines and the various ways I can use them are what intrigue me. Sometimes the titles remain partially or wholly intact, but sometimes I sacrifice the titles to make cheery shapes like flowers and leaves, which I hope will create eternal happiness for the viewer in five days or less."

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    Lisa Kokin
    My Answer

    Spines and Fragments series.
    Self-help book spines, wire, thread, mull

    48" x 54" x 3"

    "Most of the pieces in the Spines and Fragments series are made from self-help books which I scavenge from the local recycling center. I am continually struck by all the various panaceas promised by the books. Any ailment or predicament can be cured or resolved, often within a specified amount of time, by the smiling person on the dust jacket.
    "Most of the books I find are in pristine condition. I wonder if they’ve ever been read. The spines and the various ways I can use them are what intrigue me. Sometimes the titles remain partially or wholly intact, but sometimes I sacrifice the titles to make cheery shapes like flowers and leaves, which I hope will create eternal happiness for the viewer in five days or less."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Buckaroo

    Thread series
    Thread, book pages from Lost River Buckaroos, wire

    20" x 32" x 7"

    "Since moving to a wooded area of El Sobrante, my work has changed to incorporate horticultural imagery, a reflection of my new surroundings. I began observing the wide variety of plants and leaves and using them in my work.
    "My work often involves paradox. An aesthetically appealing image, when observed from afar, does not reveal the thought-provoking content which becomes apparent when viewed at closer range. Buckaroo incorporates text from Lost River Buckaroos, a cowboy novel from the 1930s. The fragile ephemerality of the leaves stands in sharp contrast to the violence contained in the text."

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    Lisa Kokin
    Buckaroo, detail

    Thread series
    Thread, book pages from Lost River Buckaroos, wire

    20" x 32" x 7"

    "Since moving to a wooded area of El Sobrante, my work has changed to incorporate horticultural imagery, a reflection of my new surroundings. I began observing the wide variety of plants and leaves and using them in my work.
    "My work often involves paradox. An aesthetically appealing image, when observed from afar, does not reveal the thought-provoking content which becomes apparent when viewed at closer range. Buckaroo incorporates text from Lost River Buckaroos, a cowboy novel from the 1930s. The fragile ephemerality of the leaves stands in sharp contrast to the violence contained in the text."

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Lisa Kokin
Cordifolia #2

Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull


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Cordifolia #2, detail

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Lisa Kokin
Cordifolia #2, detail

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Lisa Kokin
Cordifolia #2, detail

Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Vitis

Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Vitis, detail

Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Vitis, detail

Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Vitis, detail

Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Sweep

Spines and Fragments series.
Paperback book covers, wire, thread, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Sweep, detail

Spines and Fragments series.
Paperback book covers, wire, thread, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Sweep, detail

Spines and Fragments series.
Paperback book covers, wire, thread, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Primary

Raveling series
Thread, stiffener


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Lisa Kokin
Primary, detail

Raveling series
Thread, stiffener


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Lisa Kokin
Quercus Alba

Thread series
Thread, wire, stiffener, page fragments from How to Know the Birds


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Lisa Kokin
Quercus Alba, detail

Thread series
Thread, wire, stiffener, page fragments from How to Know the Birds


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Lisa Kokin
Quercus Alba, detail

Thread series
Thread, wire, stiffener, page fragments from How to Know the Birds


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Lisa Kokin
My Answer

Spines and Fragments series.
Self-help book spines, wire, thread, mull


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Lisa Kokin
My Answer

Spines and Fragments series.
Self-help book spines, wire, thread, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Buckaroo

Thread series
Thread, book pages from Lost River Buckaroos, wire


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Lisa Kokin
Buckaroo, detail

Thread series
Thread, book pages from Lost River Buckaroos, wire


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Lisa Kokin
Cordifolia #2

Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Cordifolia #2, detail

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Lisa Kokin
Cordifolia #2, detail

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Lisa Kokin
Cordifolia #2, detail

Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Vitis

Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Vitis, detail

Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Vitis, detail

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Lisa Kokin
Vitis, detail

Paperback book covers, thread, wire, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Sweep

Spines and Fragments series.
Paperback book covers, wire, thread, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Sweep, detail

Spines and Fragments series.
Paperback book covers, wire, thread, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Sweep, detail

Spines and Fragments series.
Paperback book covers, wire, thread, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Primary

Raveling series
Thread, stiffener


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Lisa Kokin
Primary, detail

Raveling series
Thread, stiffener


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Lisa Kokin
Quercus Alba

Thread series
Thread, wire, stiffener, page fragments from How to Know the Birds


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Lisa Kokin
Quercus Alba, detail

Thread series
Thread, wire, stiffener, page fragments from How to Know the Birds


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Lisa Kokin
Quercus Alba, detail

Thread series
Thread, wire, stiffener, page fragments from How to Know the Birds


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Lisa Kokin
My Answer

Spines and Fragments series.
Self-help book spines, wire, thread, mull


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Lisa Kokin
My Answer

Spines and Fragments series.
Self-help book spines, wire, thread, mull


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Lisa Kokin
Buckaroo

Thread series
Thread, book pages from Lost River Buckaroos, wire


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Lisa Kokin
Buckaroo, detail

Thread series
Thread, book pages from Lost River Buckaroos, wire


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Textiles are in Lisa Kokin’s blood. Her parents were upholsterers, and she uses the techniques of sewing and book arts to create detailed, thoughtful work that often transforms found objects and words. Her works include messages about her family, her past, interpersonal relationships, mankind’s relationship with the environment and our relationships with ourselves.

Selected Collections

  • Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
  • Buchenwald Memorial, Weimar-Buchenwald, Germany
  • Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
  • University of Washington Special Collections Library, Seattle, WA
  • Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, CT
  • Numerous private collections throughout the United States and internationally