Record (Arboreal), 2012
25 x 24 in
From the Raveling catalog essay by Maria Porges:
The idea of marks serving as a kind of record-making or -keeping is evoked even more strongly in the circular works that followed in this series. Including the word “record” in their titles, Kokin creates a double meaning, referring not only to the notation of speech that these represent, but additionally to the resemblance of these pieces to vinyl LPs. The words “take me home now” are stitched in a spiral, like the grooves into which a needle enters to play a record’s sound. At the same time, the densely sewn circles of text resemble tree rings, and the pieces’ overall form invokes clocks, sundials, and countless other measuring devices.