Ninety-Nine Leaves #1, 2012
66 x 42 in
Thread, book pages
From the catalog essay for Raveling by Maria Porges
These veils of pale leaf ‘skeletons’ composed of thread incorporate delicate shreds of printed text taken from an all-but- destroyed Hebrew prayer book Kokin found at a salvage yard. In these pieces, there is one leaf for each of the years of her mother’s life. Kokin found and pressed the actual leaves that served as a pattern for her thread creations in the course of a walk she took a few hours after her mother died. These familiar shapes — maple, oak, eucalyptus– are potent symbols of the evanescent nature of life itself, and its eventual and inevitable end.