Whether it is done to exhibit a sense of whimsy or used as a vehicle for social/political commentary, playing with one’s food has never resonated more than with these featured artists. These creative individuals have taken items of everyday consumption and transformed them into something that requires true ‘food for thought’.
Although there have been voices of dissent regarding the legitimacy of this art form, the objective, nonetheless, has been achieved: it has garnered a reaction. Whether emotional or cerebral, artists who use food as the medium remind us that we live in a society prosperous enough to do so. Food waste is and always will be a concern; therefore, it should be our responsibility not to take any of it for granted. Fortunately, these artists either compost or consume their creations.
Food as art is sometimes done for the simplest reasons: it’s fun and engaging, it gives us pleasure, but most importantly, it encourages us to interact with it. To our demise, the growing trend in our society seems to be that we more enjoy being spectators and live vicariously through chefs who cook on television. These art pieces remind us that food can be friendly and is approachable to us ‘regular folk’ – it does not have to be reserved solely for those in the culinary industry. By ‘playing with our food’ and being creative with our canvases (plates), we return to our childlike curiosity and sense of exploration.
Carl Warner, Foodscapes
With his sprawling landscapes, he establishes a strong visceral connection with viewers. The British photographer is scrupulous with every aspect of the scenery. Tone and emotion are conveyed and you cannot help but be drawn in. It’s easy to forget that the image is made entirely out of everyday foods: meats, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, grains, and bread. From salmon seas to autumn flakes (of cereal) it’s mesmerizing to behold; there’s a rich story waiting to unfold as your eyes migrate from one area of the canvas to the other.
Brock Davis, Art, Design, Ideas
Simplicity is the nature of his game, but it’s not to be confused with a lack of thoughtfulness. Sometimes, it is more challenging to be a minimalist and use one or two items to represent your ideas in a composition. Davis has a gift for storytelling. In a tongue and cheek manner, he draws references from pop culture and society at large: Rice Krispyhenge or Gummy Bearskin rug, anyone? Be prepared to feel your brain tingling and your cheeks sore from all the grinning as you make those connections.
By sprucing up the edible plate and dabbling in ‘cute’ imagery, she’s harnessed the power of childhood nostalgia. Frosk has bridged the divide between art being viewed in a gallery to something that is relatable and touchable. We are encouraged to replicate everything: from her PB&J Ninja Raccoon to her Great Gatsby pancake at home. Frosk feels that when we venture into the kitchen and make our own meals, our awareness allows us to consume healthier foods.
In her latest venture, the Art Toast Project, she’s blending ‘modern art’ with ‘food art’ by using a slice of toast as the canvas. From Magritte to Picasso, the lighter tone her renditions bring will be a warm welcome for a broader audience to become acquainted with these influential artists.