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Born in Stavanger, Norway. 1978.
Master of Design and visual communication, University of Technology (UTS), Sydney, Australia. 2004.
Devour is Jonassen’s series of still lifes of the bottoms of old frying pans – a series that, despite its quotidian subject matter, manages to touch upon (quite literally) universal concerns.
“When I was studying abroad in Australia,” Jonassen recalls, “I lived in a cheap share house with some friends, and the cooking utensils were banged up in a pretty bad way.” He began photographing the pans as a way to reflect on “the repetitive and mundane actions we do every day.” Jonassen dug through the cellars and attics of friends and family members, looking for likely candidates.
But his favorite pans were those used by the local boy scout troop.
“They bring out big iron pans and put them directly into an open fire out in the woods,” Jonassen says. “Heavy iron pans, burnt black and scraped with knives.”