Folklore Characters Recreated With Elderly Subjects [Pics]

‘Eyes as Big as Plates’ is an ongoing project by Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth to envision mythic beasts and faeries.

Eyes as Big as Plates‘ is an ongoing collaboration between Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth. They met during an artist residency in Norway in 2011, where the first part was produced with help from local seniors.

It started as a play on characters and protagonists from Norwegian folklore. The series then moved to Finland in 2012, where local seniors were presented through references of familiar characters of Finnish folklore, infused with their own stories and personal relationship to myths.

Collaborative Photo Series Explores Local Folklore With Seniors [Pics]

The latest iteration will be shot in Redhook, Brooklyn. Ikonen and Hjorth will work with residents from the Hamilton-Madison House and City Hall Senior Center in Manhattan.

The artists will create personalized costumes rooted in nature using organic scavenged materials, developing a series of photographs that play with references from American folklore. Each image will present a solitary figure in a landscape, dressed in elements from the surroundings that indicate neither time nor place, encouraging a sense of timelessness and universality.

The ‘Session’ will culminate in a performance and reception featuring the costumes, photographs, and artifacts, on March 22nd. Click through to see a selection of the photographs taken in Norway and Finland:

Eyes as Big as Plates

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