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36mk Willow Basket Wave, Markku Kosonen, pussy willow, 20.5” x 36” x 36", 1994, $5,200



Markku Kosonen

29mk Willow V, Markku Kosonen, willow, 8.25" x 20" x 20", 1994, $2,500

Markku Kosonen

4mk Bushy Willow, Markku Kosonen willow, 22.5”22.5” x 7.75”, 1993, $1,900



Pussy Willow

44mk Pussy Willow XIIII, Markku Kosonen, willow, 8" x 12" x 12", 1996, $2,200





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84mk Four Tier Curly Birch Wood Bowl, Markku Kosonen, curly birch, 10.5" x 10" x 11", 2001, $1,900



Pussy Willow

46mk Spiral III, Markku Kosonen, willow, 10.5" x 11.75" x 11.75", 1994, $1,350



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54mk/r Willowcat Basket, Markku Kosonen, sibirica, satix phylicifalia, 1990, $2,336

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birch basket


64mk/r Birch Sculpture V, Markku Kosonen, Norwegian white birch, 12.5” x 13” x 13”, 1998, $1,200


Selected permanent collections:
Museum of Applied Arts, Helsinki, Finland; Röhsska Konstslodjmuseet, Gothenburg, Sweden; Museum für Kuntshandwerk, Frankfurt, Germany; Nationalmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden; Recipient: 1-, 5- and 15-year artist's grant from the Government of Finland



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68mk Object No I Markku Kosonen, Finnish white birch, 5” x 27.5” x 19”; 13 x 70 x 48 cm, 2000, $800

Statement:
The important aspect of my work is the ability to express things; craftsmanship alone is not enough. The purpose of a work such as this is to appeal to one’s emotions. For me, arts and crafts entail a spiritual processing of material, linking humanism to objects.

I often start to make a basket by relying on old traditions, but before long I start to raise the rim toward strange themes, to the horror of ethnographers and master basketmakers. What begins as an ordinary utility object soon turns into a creative work.

The heritage of willow objects is a continuum in which I represent the contemporary aspect. It is no longer of any significance to make traditional utility objects of willow to that same extent as in the past.... A new function is to be found in the symbols of the object, the tales and messages which the maker leaves of his personality. This is known as expression.

from Weaving the World: Contemporary Art of Linear Construction
Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan 1999.


Markku Kosonen