We met Inger and Karin in a nature reserve while scouring the woods and shores of Jeløya, a small island just off the city on Moss, about an hour south of Oslo, Norway. Both of these wild and strong women collaborated with us to produce two new works that will be part of next year’s Tendenser exhibition at F15 Gallery on this same island.
In the words of the curator Randi Grov Berger: “The exhibition “Earth, Wind, Fire, Water” will present new works by Nordic artists who use contemporary craft in different ways to address our longing for a deeper connection to the earth, with practices linking to materiality, anthropology, geology and cosmology.”
The films are on their way to be developed and we have set up the moss and sea kale sculptures in a makeshift dehydrator. If all dries beautifully, the materials might just be exhibited in the galleries come March 2020. Stay tuned for the next episode of Eyes as Big as Plates on the road, we head to Finnskogen to meet the notorious Forest Finns next week!
Sea kale (crambe maritima) woven into a discarded planter tray takes on new shapes. The final arrangement turned out surprisingly heavy, weighing roughly the same as a medium sized dog. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Fresh from the hairdressers, Inger’s request was to return from the shoot with her do unscathed. It was pretty much a promise well kept. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
An ultra-fresh 85 year-old, Inger is an honorary grandmother to hundreds of people around the world. She has answered call outs for grannies even in newspapers and is now a granny-away-from-home to two Brazilians in town. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Every Thursday Inger teaches crafts in a local school and is involved in more local projects that we could keep track of. She has also been a professional reciter of poems since her early teens and shared some of her favourites with us while the sun set in Albybukta. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Meet the formidable Parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera). These beauties were thoroughly enjoyed for dinner after their appearance in Karen’s mossy forest. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Karin was on a sunset stroll with her son Elias near the Albybukta woods when we spotted them and introduced ourselves. A keen sunset photographer herself, she knew exactly how beautifully the evening light could pan out and the response to our proposal to join the project was ‘I love an adventure!’ © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Karin and Elias had just parked their camper vans in the nature reserve’s parking lot and were preparing to overnight there before continuing to Trondheim with the ultimate aim to see the northern lights! © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
We could not have worked right by a city called Moss and not have worked with some of the most luxurious, green, felty natural mounds around. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
This little cupboard will act as winter storage for the sea kale and moss. Fingers crossed they’ll be in sweet enough shape to include in the exhibition next March! © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen