Kaisu Koivisto

'Mouse Banner' (wood, fox skull) 2001

Kaisu Koivisto uses animal materials - sheepskin, horse-mane, cattle-horn, reindeer antlers - to create sculpture which subverts contemporary, functional design and materials. "The relationship between people and animals is the starting point for my work" she says. "An animal: nutrition, a worker, a pet, a threat (pests, predators), 'an animal'." . Her 2001 work, "Cows in New York City", used animals to talk about place and the rapid pace of change - where cow pastures give way to urban development. The "cows", (made from thrift shop blankets), were placed (and photographed) in the busy streets of New York City.

'Territory' (cow horns, wood) 1999