Food outside of the kitchen has always been an exciting medium to dabble with. A recurring source of inspiration for many artists over the years, even today, some creators turn to food as their muse for their own style and vision. We came across six creative people who make unusual artwork, designs, products and sculptures that will make you stop and stare. They are either reimagining everyday food items and giving them a different meaning or taking inspiration from it and creating something you possibly couldn’t think of. If you’re a budding artist who has a penchant for art inspired by food, or you simply love art and food, it’s time to follow these Instagram accounts.
1. Alon Art
From reimagining the Nutella chocolate spread into an engagement ring, lip balm and candle to creating slippers with watermelon and the Google logo with jelly beans, Alon not only experiments with popular food chains and brands but also reimagines how food can be a part of daily use objects.
2. Chloe Wise
The Montreal-based artist first gained recognition in 2014 after actor Bobbi Menuez walked into a Chanel event carrying a bagel bag made of fake cream cheese featuring faux Chanel detailing. All the guests turned their attention to it and questioned whether it was even real? Till today, food remains a primary source of inspiration for the artist.
This year, for her first solo show, Thank You For The Nice Fire in New York, the unrest caused due to the pandemic made the artist turn towards her loved ones and food as inspiration. Her stunning portraits were brought to life by captivating (and slightly strange) sculptures of hanging Caesar salad leaves as light fixtures with dressing and croutons oozing onto the floor, along with two sculptures of towering masses of melted butter atop glass-block pedestals. Materials like wax, urethane, plexi and oil paint were used to make these installations.
Who knew bacon, eggs, and fruits could turn into crocheted pieces! With crochet as a rising trend, this artist makes knitted pieces taking inspiration from food and makes them look realistic. You can use these pieces to make jewellery or stitch them onto your outfits or accessory to add an edgy twist.
4. Jesuso Ortiz
If you’re fascinated with miniature art and drawings, you have to follow Jesuso Ortiz on Instagram. What he does is quite fascinating. He simply keeps a fruit or vegetable or any other ingredient on a sheet of paper and weaves it into his artwork by turning it into something else. For instance, a half-cut green apple becomes the face of an owl, a lettuce piece or half a lime becomes a skirt for a girl, or cherry tomatoes turn into balloons being dragged by a girl on a bicycle. Simple yet so inventive.
5. Gab Bois
The Montreal-based artist is known for taking ordinary objects in mundane settings and lending them an unconventional aesthetic. Think a banana used a headband or a handle of a bag, coffee beans as tablets, fruit loops in a beanie, lettuce sunglasses, and more. We won’t be surprised if you cant’ stop scrolling through her feed!
6. The Sass Bar
The Mumbai-based label by soap-maker Rishika Nayar makes soaps that look like cupcakes, popsicles, doughnuts, eclairs, and more. Made from organic ingredients, they look, smell, and feel like desserts. When Rishika came across a woman selling soaps with a fragrance of strawberry margarita and key lime pie in a market in Australia, she wondered why soaps can’t look like desserts. And that’s how her idea started taking shape. When she realised no one was doing it in India, she learned the art of soap-making, and The Sass Bar was established. Today, she is known for her feel-good dessert soaps.