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Eyes as Big as Plates – We all belong here

Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen the Norwegian-Finnish artists. Eyes as Big as Plates the name of the project, where the due honour the Nordic seniors almost as our ancestors and the surrounded Nature as an extension of us.

Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Eyes as Big as Plates # Astrid I (Norway 2011) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

There is nothing more enriching than taking a deep breath. In an open sky, where the sound propagates in all directions and the soul is free. In each of us, there is a story, there are experiences and memories that make us unique and human. So human that we come together in a big circle, where we all connect with her, the home of us all – The Earth.

In these project the models aren’t just models, they have their point of view as any other collaborator and are open and free to contribute with ideas about what they could embody and do.
The title ‘Eyes as Big as Plates’ is a tribute to Norwegian folklore. It comes with a spooky story about a troll who lives beneath a bridge. Ikonen was the mentor of the project nine years ago with the willingness to paying a tribute and intrigued by Nordic mythology hit upon the idea of creating a new body of work. Searching for a second figure, some with the same willingness as her and creative side, she found Hjorth’s photographs. The two then began to plan.
Since 2011, Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth have photographed many faces in many places. From retired farmers, plumbers, fishermen, zoologists, opera singers and others around the world.


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