Agnes II, (Agnes “parachuted for the first time when she was 85, and then again when she turned 90”)
“Eyes as Big as Plates” is an ongoing collaborative project by Finnish artist Riitta Ikonen and Norwegian photographer Karoline Hjorth who photograph ‘charismatic seniors’ wearing costumes made of organic scavenged materials. Selections from the series, including ones recently created in New York, are currently exhibiting at Recess in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood until April 26, 2013.
The photographs play with references from American folklore. Each image will present a solitary figure in a landscape, dressed in elements from surroundings that indicate neither time nor place, encouraging a sense of timelessness and universality. This blending of figure and ground recalls the way in which folk narratives animate the natural world through a personification of nature. The slippage of elderly figures into the landscapes suggests a return to the earth, a celebration of lives lived, reinforcing the link between humanity and the natural world.