A favorite craft among school age children is using dry pasta as a medium—with their little hands they create necklaces, mosaics and other sorts of hodgepodge. With maturity, that seed of an idea sprouts into a high-concept form, as adult artists also enjoy playing with their food. With their larger hands, these artists create impressive works—portraits with red wine, sculptures of butter, mosaics of beans.
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Hemingway by Amanda Harnas
Medium: Red wine on cotton
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Pars parvola ventris tauri, linguae roseae anitum by Heide Hatry (2008)
Medium: duck tongues, parts of a stomach of a bull.
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A Subtlelty by Kara Walker
Photo by Jason Wyche, courtesy of Creative Time.
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All About the One Piece by Hiroshi Kariya (1998)
Medium: Ink on White California Bean
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Devotion by Jennifer Rubell (2015)
Medium: Bread and butter, Performance at Art Basel Miami Beach
Photos by Chi Lam and courtesy of Jennifer Rubell
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Peanut Butter and Jelly of Taste Tests Series by Matthew Brandt (2009)
Medium: Multi-layer silkscreen printed with peanut butter and jelly on paper
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Cow Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Jim Victor and Marie Pelton (2015)
Medium: Butter on steel