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Inspired by the romantics’ belief that folklore is the clearest reflection of the soul of a people, Eyes as Big as Plates started out as a play on characters and protagonists from Norwegian folklore. (—Ikonen)
By casting elderly locals to pose in and amongst Scandinavia’s vast natural landscapes, the duo seek to evoke the fantastical stories and characters traditional to Nordic folklore and mythology. (—from a magazine I read on a plane)
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Aaron Smith, “Tosh”, 2013, oil on panel, 36” x 27.5”
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Jan van Huysum. Still Life with Flowers and Fruit (detail with rose). c.1700-49.
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Suzuki Harunobu, Crow and Heron (Young Lovers Walking Together Under an Umbrella in a Snowstorm). Woodcut print on paper, c. 1769.
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Katsushika Hokusai, Weeping Cherry and Bullfinch. Woodblock print, c. 1834.
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A young woman celebrates the Hindu festival of Diwali in Jaipur, India. National Geographic, October 2001. Photo by Joe McNally.