About

Eyes as Big as Plates is an ongoing collaborative venture between Riitta Ikonen (Finland) and Karoline Hjorth (Norway).

Ikonen and Hjorth met during an artist residency in Sandnes, Norway in May 2011, where the first part of the series was produced in collaboration with local senior heroes, sailors, retired agronomes and 90-year old parachuters. The project was exhibited for the first time in Sandnes in May, before being presented at Pecha Kucha in Oslo in September. In January-February 2012 the series was shown at the Finnish-Norwegian Culture Institute in Oslo, and NRK’s Nasjonalgalleriet (national television) ran a program about the project, featuring the artists on a shoot in the swamps of Oslo.

During the summer of 2012 the series was also exhibited in the Camouflage show at Kiasma in Helsinki and a group show in Seibu, Tokyo. As the series got its first exposures abroad, the production also moved over the boarder to Ikonen’s home turf in Pohjois-Karjala. Part two of Eyes as Big as Plates presents Pohjois-Karjala seniors through references of familiar characters and protagonists of Finnish folklore, infused with the participating local seniors’ own stories and personal relationship to folklore, myths and imagination.

For the Recess Session in Redhook Eyes as Big as Plates continued with a multidisciplinary visual art and performance program for the senior residents of New York. In the autumn 2013 the series continues in Iceland and The Faroe Islands. More destinations are scheduled for 2014, if you’d like Eyes as Big as Plates to visit your neck of the woods, get in touch.

Riitta Ikonen: +1 732 731 9465 / +358 2345678 2480 / mail@riittaikonen.com / www.riittaikonen.com

Karoline Hjorth: +47 45 77 57 67 / karoline.hjorth@gmail.com / www.karolinehjorth.com

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

43 comments

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  2. Every ten-fifteen years I see something that really impress me in the art World. Now I got two new idols….

    • karolinehjorth

      Wow! Ingemark -that is fabulous news! We love being your new idols and will strive to keep up to the job!

      Thank you!

      All our best,

      Riitta and Karoline.

  3. Ladies, I connected immediately to your work when I saw it posted on Facebook. I am a Finn-american and totally understand your sense of humor and nature. LOVE that you are working with seniors. Keep up the great work!

    • karolinehjorth

      Thank you so much Paula! We have been told that the series has been going viral on Facebook, and is living its own life online – exciting! And how wonderful that you appreciate our work, thank you so much!

      All our best,

      Karoline and Riitta.

  4. You may wish to consider bringing your show to the Swedish Institute in Minneapolis! They would love it!

  5. Joe

    all I have to say is.. dette er brillefint!! :)
    mye elsker,
    joe fra canada

  6. So sensitive and kind! Thank you!

  7. wonderful work — rich and resonant without taking itself too seriously. well done!

  8. I LOVE these. Are there chances to buy prints..etc?

    • karolinehjorth

      Dear Bea (?), we are very happy to hear that you like our project! All the images in the series are for sale in two different sizes, 120 x 100 cm and 60 x 50 cm. Feel free to get in touch with us if you are interested: karoline.hjorth@gmail.com

      All our best,

      Riitta and Karoline.

  9. Hi, I’m gonna go ahead and second Aisling, above. Your work is awesome.

  10. Eileen Ryan

    Fantasticl photos of nature transforming beautifully. Thank you for creating n sharing your art. Happy Spring, y’all!

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  12. Such a rich palate in an older face- love it

  13. Julieann

    How can we buy prints?

  14. Your photographs are good for heart and soul, and are so beautiful ! Montreal would love to receive your exhibition ;-)

    Same question as Julieann: how can we buy prints ?

    • karolinehjorth

      Thank you very much! We would love to come to Montreal once too! I have sent you and Julieann an email regarding the prints.

      All the best,
      Karoline + Riitta

  15. Duncan Porter-Zuckerman

    Your work is great! I really like your images. They are so engaging. You must be familiar with the work of Sacha Goldberger and his grandmother, Mamika? His work is so very different than yours, and yet, there is some kind of connection. I am so pleased to see your work. Thanks!

    • karolinehjorth

      Dear Dunkan, Sorry for our late response, but thank you very much for your lovely feedback! & Sacha Goldberger’s Mamika series is GREAT!

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  17. Rosemary Heiman

    Is there a book for sale or a place we can view the images that are for sale?
    (prices?)

    • karolinehjorth

      Dear Rosemary, thank you very much for your request, and sorry for our tardy response. If you would like to send us an email (either to karoline.hjorth@gmail.com or mail@riittaikonen.com), we would be happy to send you a list of works and prices. We are in the planning and funding stages of an upcoming publication too, and hope to get it into production in 2014, fingers crossed!

      All our best,

      Riitta and Karoline.

  18. A blogger described the show she saw in Finland as “Old Finnish People with Things on Their Heads” and beautiful images from your first show are now circulating on Facebook, imagur and elsewhere under that title with *no links.* I was so appalled at her remarks I went looking. Thank you for this work, sorry bout the cretins.

    • karolinehjorth

      Thank you for hunting us down, I’m glad you found us. The internet is indeed a wild place when it comes to crediting!

  19. Sarah Granskou

    Hello Karoline og Riita:

    Fantastisk!!!Eg er en etablerte Kanadisk folkemusikker og forteller/poet/dokketeater “performance artist” med Skaninaviske (storst sett Norsk) tradisjon some utgangspunktet. Eg odde i Norge noen ar som voksne. Nu for tiden er eg “folk-artist-in-residence” at a local museum. I am giving a performance and slideshow this week-end, featuring some images of my inspiration, including my time with the Sami and working on Norwegian farms. I am hoping to use your images in the slidewshow including the cover page with your names etc and some quotes from Riita’s website, if this is ok.

    Takk,

    Sarah Granskou
    Canadian-Norwegian Scald

    • karolinehjorth

      Dear Sarah,

      Thank you for your lovely message and we are ever so sorry for this incredibly late reply! We haven’t seen this message until now, but we hope your performance went great! Fun to hear about your background too!

      Warmest greetings from Riitta and Karoline.

  20. T

    Writing from West Virginia, USA. Also saw your photos on Facebook. What a gift you have. Thank you for bringing joy to my day! Must bring your exhibit to Washington D.C.

  21. Fantastic, original pictures ! I would like to have an interview with both of you for an article of université de Montreal student in journalism magazine, Le reporter. I hope to talk to you next week. You should come to Montreal.

  22. URGENT: We have been trying to contact you in order to make a partnership for the EEAGRANTS fund in a social and cultural project in Portugal. We tried to call you and sent email through “info@academiacidada.org”. Hope to hear from you soon.
    João

    • karolinehjorth

      Dear João and the Citizenship Academy,
      We are very sorry we did not respond to your request early enough, but in the end we pulled out from the EEAGRANTS projects due to time limitations. We do hope you found some great collaborators to work with and wish you all the best with the project!

      Best regards,
      Riitta and Karoline.

  23. Isabel

    Hi Riitta and Karoline!

    Your work is amazing! Are there any possibilities to buy some prints?

    My very best,
    Isabel

    • karolinehjorth

      Dear Isabel, thank you very much for your email and sorry for our late reply! All the works from Eyes as Big as Plates are for sale in the size of 50 x 60 cm (edition of 10 + 2 artist proofs) and 100 x 120 cm (edition of 7 + 2 artist proofs). You are very welcome to send us an email for more details: karoline.hjorth@gmail.com or mail@riittaikonen.com.

      Warmest greetings from Riitta and Karoline.

  24. I hope you get to show this beautiful work in Australia – or I’ll just buy a plane ticket and visit you!
    Such lovely work – thank you!
    Wendy

    • karolinehjorth

      Thank you very much Wendy! We would very much love to come to Australia to photograph and to show the work, that would be fantastic!

      Very best,
      Riitta and Karoline

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