Creative Person Spotlight: Lisa Kokin

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Artwork by Lisa Kokin

I discovered Lisa Kokin where all good things are discovered: The sacred halls of Pinterest. Her work caught my eye, and I thought it was one thing, but upon further inspection, realized it was something else.

Those are the reactions to art I like to ponder sometimes (just for a minute until my mind wanders), because I love art that grabs your attention immediately, like the opening sentence of a great book, and sucks you right on in.

I thought at first glance that these pieces were encaustic, probably because I’ve been obsessed with encaustic lately.

Really they’re thread and safety pins and other items sewn into fabric and paper and they are magnificent.

Artwork by Lisa Kokin

They bring to mind the experience of seeing another language written across a piece of paper, and if you can’t read it, you look at it visually. They’re simultaneously laid out in neat rows and frantic with their lines and random threads flying all over the place.

And boyyyy howdy is she prolific- I’m showing you a fraction of her work. I haven’t even managed to make it through all of it yet, but I honestly love everything I’ve seen. There are some hidden gems throughout her site…

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  1. Cyndy
    02/09/2017 / 9:13 am

    Awesomeness. I was just thinking as I looked at them that it looks like paragraphs of an alien language. So cool. 🙂

  2. Cyndy
    02/09/2017 / 9:15 am

    I just remembered that when I was a small child I loved to write like my mom (in cursive), but I couldn’t read or write in cursive yet, so it was just lines of squiggling, looping marks on the paper. This artwork reminds me of that. 🙂

    • 02/12/2017 / 8:08 am

      OMG! You made me remember doing that, too. Actually, I remember my daughter doing that when she was young- there’s something alluring about seeing all that pretty writing and not knowing what it means.

  3. 02/12/2017 / 11:42 am

    Love this! This upcycled art looks like a foreign language.

  4. 02/13/2017 / 2:39 pm

    That’s really fascinating, I’ve never seen anything like it!

    p.s. if you’re interested in encaustic, check out the work of Betsy Eby 🙂

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