"Cobalt | Violet" is a mixed media piece by San Carlos, CA based artist Kerith Lisi. Made with vibrant tones of blues, violets, oranges and green fabric, Kerith redefines what it means to accept loose ends.
Cobalt | Violet is part of her "Loose Ends" series where each piece is made from the headcaps (the flap of cloth that folds over the very top of the spine) and headbands (the striped piece of fabric placed at the top of the spine for resistance to pulling).
Wear and tear on a book is most visible at the top where it is repeatedly pulled from the shelf. The fraying and wear is earned through time and she loves bringing attention to it.
If “loose ends” can be accepted as is the imperfection of life then resolution can be redefined as such to bring more peace of mind. This series then became a practice of that process and throughout each piece, there are small lines of hand-stitching to evoke the feeling of repair.
This piece is floated in a contemporary white frame with UV glass and measures out to 13"w x 13"h.
Cobalt | Violet - Kerith Lisi
Experience the intimate world of Kerith Lisi's upcycled Hard Cover Book Collages. Influenced by everyday materials (vintage books, ephemera, found objects, etc.) Kerith explores the beauty within the wear and tear of these materials. Piecing together cohesive compositions, she incorporates a mixture of unique textures, bold colors, and remnants of written text into her work.
Kerith's process of assembling her compositions allows her to completely let go of expectations and remain present while allowing her materials to guide her creations. Working with discarded materials invites her to explore universal ideas of the human experience: nostalgia, second chances, and the beauty of imperfection.
Kerith Lisi is an interdisciplinary artist based in San Carlos, CA. She studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and earned a BA in International Relations from UC Davis. Her work has been exhibited at many local galleries and museums including, the de Young Museum, SLATE contemporary, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, STUDIO Gallery and Seager Gray Gallery.