Artist Statement

Eyes as Big as Plates # Bob II (US, 2013) Riitta Ikonen Karoline Hjorth


I mainly work with photography. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, I absorb the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.

My glass is an investigation of concepts such as authenticity and objectivity by using an encyclopedic approach and quasi-scientific precision and by referencing documentaries, ‘fact-fiction’ and popular scientific equivalents. By using an ever-growing archive of found documents to create autonomous artworks, I reflect on the closely related subjects of archive and memory. This often results in an examination of both the human need for ‘conclusive’ stories and the question whether anecdotes ‘fictionalize’ history.

By focusing on techniques and materials, I consider making art a craft which is executed using clear formal rules and which should always refer to social reality.

Works are notable for their perfect finish and tactile nature. This is of great importance and bears witness to great craftsmanship. I currently live and work in Bellingham, WA.