If the purpose of art, as Susan Sontag claims in her essay Against Interpretation, is to create more choices and increase the range of experiences that one can have while observing a work of art, then what is the purpose of recreating art?
Recreating classic works of art using different media is definitely a prominent art trend and one of the most frequently used media to recreate art is food. It is interesting that something so temporary like food is used to recreate timeless pieces of art. Is it this antithesis between ephemerality and eternity that has caused so much interest in recreating classics with food? Or is it perhaps that the media seem to find it much more interesting to cover a recreation of classic art rather than feature original artwork…Here are some examples:
This recreation of Mona Lisa, which was created for the Rocks Aroma Festival in Sydney by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, was made with 3,604 cups of coffee and 564 pints of milk. The different colours were created by adding varying amounts of milk to each cup of black coffee.
Food artist Bennett recreated the Mona Lisa for a Hong Kong shopping mall using 6,000 slices of toasted bread. He uses a cast-iron stencil to burn the bread in order to create different colours and patterns.
California-based artist Kristen Cumings used approximately 10,000 jelly beans to recreate Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”.
Artist Ju Duoqi used leek to recreate Vincent van Gogh’s self portrait.
Multimedia artist Phil Hansen reproduced Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” on a banana.
Marshmallows were Meaghan Mountford’s canvas for recreating Picasso’s “The Dream”.
Food artist Prudence Emma Staite used chocolate Smarties to recreate one of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn prints.
Vincent van Gogh’s “Wheatfield with Cypresses” was recreated using spices by Kelly McCollam.