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Art from Food

I thought it would be interesting to share info about visual artists who use food as their medium.
Not gorgeous food prepared by chefs, but art usually constructed from traditional materials reinterpreted in food.

I'll start with the cameos made by Judith G. Klausner. Don't dunk them in milk!



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  1. Liz Hickok takes beautiful photographs of her cast Jello creations.


    1. A little of topic, but still close.

      Most of all just 'cos I love it on several levels:


      1. This post carries the theme:


        Some brilliant ideas!

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

            I love the cabbage woman. Much different than the macaroni art pictures we made in kindergarten.

          2. I'm currently saving onion skins for my wife who uses them to make natural fabric dyes in her art projects.

            1. Here is a link to the photography of Sarah Illenberger:


              1. Food art http://www.margoriveraweiss.com
                Also local food mag that uses great local artists - Edible East Bay

                1. I'm freaking jealous of artistic people!

                  (But then again, I've had people say the same thing about my ability to paint a scene with words and rhymes...)

                  1. People are far too creative. It's been fun seeing what everyone has posted. I've always enjoyed the Washington Post peeps contest.


                    1. The ever wonderful If it's Hip, It's Here site has some terrific works in chocolate featured:

                      1. Bacteria couture?!


                        On a similar note, a terrific TED Talk by clothing designer Suzanne Lee:


                        1. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-cu...

                          Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, one of the 1st food artists.


                          egg shell artist

                          School of Food Art, amazing and breathtaking work

                            1. re: seamunky

                              Very, very nice! I have seen a few of these before but most of them are wonderfully new to me!

                              1. This banana art is pretty cool:

                                You could write messages to your kids and mystify them when they unpack their lunchbox!

                                1. I often do similar, but the service captain, and the chef, seldom are pleased. Neither is my wife.


                                  1. I wanted to bring two over from a thread on the Food Media and News board.

                                    Scenes Created with Real Fish Head to Satirize Everyday Life of People: http://www.designswan.com/archives/sc...

                                    Photos from a book called Big Appetites: Tiny People in a World of Big Food; as CH drongo says, be sure to read the captions! (thanks to his post, I'm ordering multiple copies, to keep and give as gifts): http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-33816_162...

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                                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                      Thanks for resurrecting this thread! Not sure what it says about me but I just love this sort of thing a little too much.


                                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                        Appreciate bringing over one out of the three I originally posted. I thought they would get lost in this older thread...

                                        1. re: HillJ


                                          here's another with a very upscale approach to food as wearable art.

                                      2. This guy cracks me up:


                                        Maybe it's not beautiful, but it's fantastically creative.

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                                        1. re: NonnieMuss

                                          I had not heard of him before but I absolutely love his humor!
                                          Best laugh I've had in quite some time - thank you.

                                        2. Wishing everyone a happy new year filled with peace and good eats!

                                          (wish I could credit the artist)


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                                          1. re: meatn3

                                            meat3, it's Harmless Weapons by Kyle Bean.
                                            Kyle Bean (previously here and here and sure why not even here) has just published some wonderful photos of harmless weapons for an article in CUT Magazine about yarn bombing and guerrilla gardening. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it seems everything this guy designs turns into pure awesome. No pressure or anything. The photos are by Sam Hofman and you can see more on Kyle’s website.

                                            1. re: HillJ

                                              Thanks HillJ! I was hoping someone would know who the artist was.

                                          2. http://vimeo.com/42706538

                                            here's a pretty cool video from The Caketrope of BURTON's Team.

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                                              1. re: meatn3

                                                I love this kinda thing. There are so many artists dipping into food art now it's really great stuff.

                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                  That video really needs a warning to only watch while sober!

                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                    Ha! Yeah anyone who doesn't do well with revolving doors should take note.

                                            1. Laurent Mareschal uses spices to create gorgeous Islamic inspired art. He explains "spice tiles are a deliberate play between ephemerality and the almost subliminal longevity of olfactory memory".



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                                                  1. once I tried weaving textiles with pasta, but found I didn't have the patience.

                                                    1. Jason Mecier creates mosaic portraits out of beans, pasta, and other foods. Plenty of examples in the gallery of his website.

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                                                      1. New to me:

                                                        Some of my favs:

                                                        ^^used to come from here (http://www.minimiam.com/fr/gofr.html) but not sure what's happened.)

                                                          1. I don't know if this fits the topic ... a group of us created a mandala a day the first 12 days of the year. People drew, painted and sketched. All of mine were food related - couldn't help it!

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                                                            1. re: AntarcticWidow

                                                              These are a perfect fit! Thanks for sharing them, they're beautiful.

                                                              1. re: tcamp

                                                                Very cool, this opens up a whole new category in food art for this thread, tcamp!

                                                                In the mid 90's my husband & I saw Bobby McFerrin in Princeton NJ play with a group that played music with all sorts of hollowed out produce. Fun!

                                                                1. re: tcamp

                                                                  Great idea to link them! I would love to attend a performance. Actually I'd like to be an observer from the produce market to show time!

                                                                2. I think an awesome barbecue dish would be "Rib Henge." It would be a plate of ribs, cut and arranged like Stonehenge. I actually had a dream that this existed but haven't found any real life examples via google searches. Maybe I'll serve ribs that way the next time I barbecue some.

                                                                  1. A little sugar buzz from Pip & Pop duo, Nicole Andrijevic & Tanya Schultz :


                                                                    1. Food maps by New Zealand-based artist Henry Hargreaves and New York-based stylist Caitlin Levin:


                                                                        1. Artwork created by the Japanese art collective known as Three:


                                                                          1. Food & high fashion by Flavio Bonavia:


                                                                            Can not figure out what the material is that was used for the boots...

                                                                            1. Arne Felix Magold makes stunningly beautiful pieces out of toast cooked to various degrees: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/pictu...