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Is food more than what we eat?

Updated: Oct 16, 2020

Ever snap a pic of your hot meal after it’s been served and type a #yummy under the post? Don’t lie: 4 out of 10 people do it. And we know we're looking at one!

While food is a basic necessity that no human can live without; it has its moments of being just more than something to survive on. Some carefully crafted meals take on an artistic form; forcing customers to think twice about digging in and ruining the delicacy before their eyes.

It’s said that food as art was a concept first brought up by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in the modern era. He believed that the things that took a part of our every-day life should be carried out in an entertaining, meticulous way in order to keep things interesting. Nowadays, food is constantly used in the art world as a social metaphor in order to give artists their freedom to express all kinds of things using raw materials. Turns out, artists often turn to food as artistic materials in order to create certain emotions and environments pens and paints can’t recreate.

This assortment below is made from ‘vegetable/fruit carving’. It’s extremely special and popular in Thai culture, due to its extravagant appearance that also compliments its sweet taste. The meticulous carving shows off its vibrant colors at festivals, family reunions, and birthdays.

Both works from the slideshow above are taken from Valery Jung Estrabrook’s food themed series.

As you can see, not only does Estrabrook’s works make food look appealing, but it captures the essence of New York City. One could inspect both works and assume that it takes place in New York, due to its abundance of signature hot dogs and Chinese take out.

Her depiction of everyday foods show off the simplistic, yet enjoyable way of living life. Roberts’ use of greens and reds make the meals stand out in comparison to our perception of the dull vegetables we eat in real life.

Understanding how to make the most out of one of the biggest, yet greatly ignored parts of our life is not just a project for artists, but something most of us can afford to learn. So the next time you whip up a quick meal, snap a pic and try to morph it into something that is special to you. They always say you are what you eat for a reason!

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