Eyes As Big As Plates was an exhibit put together by Lawrence Technological University in April, 2019.
Eyes as Big as Plates
Riitta lkonen + Karoline Hjorth
Eyes as Big as Plates is the ongoing collaborative project by the Norwegian-Finnish artist duo Karoline Hjorth and Riitta lkonen. Starting out in 2011 studying personifications of nature and folkloric explanations to natural phenomenons in Norway, the project has evolved into a continual search for modern human’s belonging to nature. Driven by curiosity and imagination, the artists have traveled to a dozen countries on a quest to understand our relationship with our surroundings, and the series has grown to over seventy portraits.
Part sculpture, part installation, and part photography, lkonen and Hjorth work together from beginning to the end of the process with their different complementing skills. The series is created in collaboration with retired farmers, fishermen, zoologists, plumbers, opera singers, housewives, artists, academics and ninety-year-old parachutists. As the project continues to cross borders, it also aims to rediscover a demographic group too often labeled as marginalized, and to generate new perspectives on who we are and where we belong.