One week has passed and thanks to more than 100 backers, we are over 30 % funded! To take us all to the next level, we have called on Eyes as Big as Plates’ first ever models, Halvar and Torleiv from Sandnes (Norway), to keep up the momentum.
When we first met during an artist residency in 2011, we lived by the edge of a park with the Skeianetunet Senior Center as our only neighbour.
Naturally, we quickly infiltrated the scene and got to know two regulars there: Halvar and his best friend Torleiv, an expert in Nordic philology. With these first-class guides and a fearless drivers, we toured Rogaland county for locations, and materials discovering hidden gems of Jæren. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Halvar knows all there is to know about the lush, billowing farmland along the sandy coastline in the southwest of Norway and took us to the farm where he grew up and still lives. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
When it came time to get the cameras out and we asked him to sit for us for a picture, he confessed to not having any previous modeling experience, and suggested we would be much better off photographing his best friend Torleiv. Halvar turned out to be a natural born poser. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
‘If you stop being curious, you might as well be dead’, is Halvar’s motto in life. We couldn’t agree more. Eyes as Big as Plates # Halvar II (Norway 2011) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
We had read a folktale where the protagonist lay on the ground, listening to the grass growing. Torleiv agreed to illustrate this moment (translated from grass to moss). He continues to travel the Nordic countries in the name of research and inspiration and is a fountain of anecdotes and folklore knowledge. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Eyes as Big as Plates # Torleiv (Norway 2011) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen