Between the Covers: Altered Books in Contemporary Art
February 5 – June 6, 2016
The physicality of the book is explored in a multitude of ways by artists who use them to create sculpture, collage, and installations. My piece Panacea Pizpireta from my self-help series, will be on display.
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
A feature length article by: Be Creative with Workbox Magazine
The current issue of Be Creative with Workbox, a textiles magazine from the UK, features an in-depth and well-illustrated interview with me about my work. They did a fantastic job and it is nice to see my work in print. The gorgeous photos were shot by my spouse, the talented photographer Lia Roozendaal, who incidentially shoots my work and the work of many other artists. I am so lucky!
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In the Studio
Textiles are in Lisa Kokin's blood. Her parents were upholsterers, and she uses the techniques of sewing and book arts to create detailed, thoughtful work that often transforms found objects and words. For the exhibition Do Not Destroy, she created the piece Fauxliage: No Birds Sing which transformed Rachel Carson's landmark environmental book Silent Spring into delicate and quite convincing leaf forms, a reference to the anti-pesticide message therein.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Candela Books + Gallery
March 4 – April 23
I was invited to be in a group exhibition at Candela Books + Gallery in Richmond, VA. Found is an exhibition based around the idea of photography’s relationship to found objects. One of my favorite sewn found photo pieces, Forget-Me-Not, will be featured in the show. If you’re in the area, please stop by and take a look at this wonderful exhibition.
Commission for the Palo Alto Medical Center
Los Gatos, California
My latest commission, Cordifolia, for the Palo Alto Medical Center in Los Gatos, is made out of paperback book covers and wire. It was fun to work with vibrant colors and make a playful, light-hearted piece. I love seeing my work in public spaces, especially healthcare settings where people from all walks of life can view and enjoy the work.
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I work one-on-one with many artists in my Coaching/Mentorship Program, an outgrowth of decades of mentoring graduate students in local colleges and universities. The program is tailored to the needs of each artist and includes six one-hour meetings or the equivalent to be completed within six months.
Artists use their coaching/mentorship sessions for critique and career development, as well as issues related to maintaining a consistent studio practice. For artists who live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, mentorships are available via Skype.
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REUSE MUSE II
Six weeks, April 6 – May 11
Wednesdays, 1:00 — 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $495 (includes some supplies)
Registration has begun for Reuse Muse 2016. This ever popular six-week mixed media class is currently in its fifth year. The theme for the new year will be Ephemerama, transforming all kinds of found paper and photos into books, collages and sculpture.
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