Lisa Kokin: Loss for Words

Gallery Walk July 8th, 5-8pm


Loss for Words Statement

The Loss for Words series is the logical outgrowth of my previous series, Facsimile, in which zipper fragments served as stand-ins for text. I have expanded my “writing” to now include a variety of objects and materials on substrates as varied as linen, canvas and, most recently, industrial felt.


In this series I invent “words” and “languages” with materials that I naturally gravitate to: small domestic metal items, sewing notions, rusty metal fragments found on the street, safety pins, broken needles from the Facsimile project, and thread which I use in unruly bunches to accentuate its gestural quality. In making this work I realize how much I like using objects in ways they weren’t intended to be used, purely for the love of shape, form, juxtaposition and resonance.


Much of my previous work is rooted in specific content. This series has decided to be open to interpretation. Although I want to make work that comments on the world around me, I seem to be at a loss for words.