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A Return to the Earth

This is a great exercise in demonstrating a connection to one’s environment, plus it’s fun! And a great example of how you’re never too old to be playful and maybe a little silly.


Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjforth’s series of photographs of elderly people from around the world — called Eyes as Big as Plates — is like nothing we’ve ever seen. The two artists find senior citizens with “marked connection to their natural and cultural roots,” creating totally individualized costumes for them to wear out in nature. The artists say they are “exploring their subject’s mental landscapes, while playing with personifications of nature.” The results have a mythic quality, yet you can also tell the subjects are having fun.

The two interview senior citizens and then find the “organic, scavenged” materials that fit their “interests and activities.” The results from their latest series of photographs in New York City, with residents of the Hamilton-Madison House, City Hall Senior Center in Manhattan, can be seen in a new exhibition in Brooklyn.

Bob, who they met at an Indoor Gardening Society meeting where “he…

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