Finnish artist Liisa Hietanen crochets one-to-one imitations of her friends and fellow neighbors, accurately representing the subjects from their favorite outfits down to their pets. The series “Villagers” is a way for the artist to more deeply engage with those she often passes but might not interact with in her hometown.
“I meet my models in natural everyday situations,” she explains in an artist statement on her website. “The process of choosing a model is intuitive. The person depicted might be someone I meet in the library, in the locker room of the gym, or walking their dog on the way home. I don’t know most of my models beforehand but as the process goes on I get to know them.”