Eyes as Big as Plates # Pupi © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Eyes as Big as Plates is the ongoing collaborative project between Karoline Hjorth (NO) and Riitta Ikonen (FI). Starting out as a play on characters from Nordic folklore, Eyes as Big as Plates has evolved into a continual search for modern human’s belonging to nature. The series is produced in collaboration with retired farmers, fishermen, zoologists, plumbers, opera singers, housewives, artists, academics and ninety year old parachutists. Since 2011 the artist duo has portrayed seniors in Norway, Finland, France, US, UK, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Sweden, Japan, Greenland, Czech Republic and South Korea. Each image in the series presents a solitary figure in a landscape, dressed in elements from surroundings that indicate neither time nor place. Here nature acts as both content and context: characters literally inhabit the landscape wearing sculptures they create in collaboration with the artists.

As active participants in our contemporary society, these seniors encourage the rediscovery of a demographic group too often labelled as marginalized or even as a stereotypical cliché. It is in this light that the project aims to generate new perspectives on who we are and where we belong.

Eyes as Big as Plates is currently touring with the Norwegian National Museum and has previously been shown at Art Toronto, NADA Miami, Fotogalleriet (Oslo), Pioneer Works (NYC), The Finnish Institute in Oslo, Paris and Stockholm, Kunsthall Grenland (Porsgrunn, Norway), The Nordic House in Reykjavik (Iceland) and Torshavn (Faroe Islands), Tetley Brewery (Leeds), Seibu Shibuya (Tokyo), Villa Borghese (Rome), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Nebraska US), the Ars Fennica exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Kiasma, Bogota International Photo Biennale (Colombia), The Potato Blossom Studio in Pyongchang and Gallery FACTORY in Seoul Korea, Finlandia University Gallery (Michigan US), The Nordic House (Faroe Islands), The National Museum of Greenland, amongst others. The next stop for the series will be Landskrona Photo Festival, Nuuk Nordic (Greenland), exhibition and book launches in Helsinki, Oslo, New York, Seoul after summer.

All the works are for sale in the following two editions: 120 x 100 cm (edition of 7 + 2 AP) and 60 x 50 cm (edition of 10 + 2 AP).  See the full list of works here and follow the Eyes as Big as Plates project site for updates.

The Eyes as Big as Plates book is being launched internationally after the summer, get in touch to be added to the pre-order list and get updates on all the upcoming launch events! eyesasbigasplates@gmail.com