Lisa Kokin

Motif an abstract mixed media work created with thread and book page fragments by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area - Lisa  Kokin

Motif, 2012

30.5 x 30.5 in

Thread, portrait. from the exhibition essay by Maria Porges

"Motif consists of a series of concentric circles rather than a spiral, and its ‘text’ is an image of a mother and child, rendered in thread, dozens of times. These two close figures in contrasting dresses are Kokin and her mother, based on a photograph taken in 1960.

Traces of red thread appear in the web of stitches that join the hypnotic, mandala-like circles of tiny couples. These sanguine bits go nowhere, yet they invoke the umbilical cord that once connected girl and mother — and, perhaps, the invisible connection described in the Chinese proverb above. Whatever they might signify, they are all but invisible from only a few steps away. They are a reminder (for the sharp-eyed and observant) of the many ways in which Kokin has followed the path of her singular imagination, creating worlds of wonder out of simple materials such as paper, buttons, old photographs and thread—essentially inventing ways to make what she needed to see in the world. In the work presented in this exhibition, her elegiac memorials for her mother connect her vision to our own memories and losses, to love, and to remembrance."