lisa kokin makes art with found materials. her work is so diverse that i had a difficult time deciding what to highlight. the button sculpts? book collages? altered books? sculpture? i settled on the ‘sewn found photos’. kokin’s work speaks to one of the most powerful aspects of photographs: their ability to evoke nostalgic memories. i was immediately drawn to this series of found photos. she cuts them apart, then reinvents the fabric of the subject’s life by sewing them together in a unique way.
“I am intrigued with other people’s photographic recording of their lives both for the generic quality they possess and for the feeling of sadness and nostalgia that acquiring other people’s memories provokes in me.
I sit in my studio and speculate about the nature of the photographed people’s lives. I try to invent an altogether different identity for them but of course, in the final analysis these works are more about me than any of the hundreds of anonymous individuals who appear in my work.”
note: in the picture above, right – kokin uses polymer clay as the base for each wired photograph