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.
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…