Kaisu Koivisto

Helsinki, Finland

»Patterns«, plan for installation
Collage cut outs, dimensions variable
Photo printed on canvas, 300 x 450 cm
Gastatelier, Ateliers Höherweg 271
February – March 2020

Ateliers Höherweg

Installation in Process: Patterns



My artistic practice traverses photography, drawing and video as well as sculptural elements. These diverse strands come together in the framework of installations. The topics of my photographs and installations have a connecting aspect: the transience of materials. I photograph buildings and structures in places which are either in a process of destruction or, on the other hand, being constructed. The materials of my installations are mostly salvaged and bear traces of wear and tear, thus indicating the passage of time. I am interested in an ambivalent aesthetic, the simultaneity of attractiveness and repulsiveness, the synthetic and the organic, stark geometry and the ornamental.


I began my working process at Ateliers Höherweg without specific plans. Staying at a residency is a unique chance to learn new things and to experiment with an open mind. I began to make collages as a way to get started and experiment with a material which is usually abundantly available: paper.


My collages developed into a combination of collage and cut outs. I ended up with a crown-like form with which I began to compose a wall-sized installation. Patterns began to emerge from attaching parts on the wall – patterns create order. I wanted to pair the collage cut outs with a photo which shows the swimming pool of a former Soviet military site in Poland. The geometric grid forms of the swimming pool building and the organically wavy shapes of the collages complement each other into an installation Patterns.


Kaisu Koivisto’s stay at the Ateliers Höherweg residency was supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.





University of Art and Design Helsinki, MFA



Young Artist of the Year



Höherweg Studios, Düsseldorf



Cows in New York City: Reintroducing the Species. Newhouse Center for  Contemporary Art, Staten Island, New York; and Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland



Interiors. Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Helsinki



Europol Art Competition. Europol, The Hague, The Netherlands



Loud Silence. Aboa Vetus& Ars Nova Museum, Turku, Finland

Index. Galleri Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, Sweden



Afrikanda – On Machines and Devices Kunsthalle Turku, Turku, Finland

Topophilia. Yukon Arts Centre Art Gallery, Whitehorse, Canada



Höherweg Studios, Düsseldorf





Die Gastkünstler