Lisa Kokin

Ninety-nine Leaves 1 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

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.