Kirsty presents: Food Art

Sometimes I find art made out of food quite distressing. When I see those strange, misshapen sculptures that are entered into competitions at agricultural fairs around the country I mourn the waste.  I think this reaction has much to do with the fact that said sculptures are usually half decomposed by the third day of the show, at which point I think of the poor sod who has to scrape the fetid, liquefying remains of vegetable carcasses from the cabinets in which they’re displayed.

Such thoughts were far from my mind when I opened an email from a friend that directed me to the website of the UK Telegraph and an article that show-cased the work of photographer Carl Warner.

Image by Carl Warner via

Image by Carl Warner via

Warner composes foodscapes and photographs them quite beautifully, as the image composed of purple cabbage above attests.  In the article there is some mention of the ill effects of hot lights on food, and, despite claims to the contrary, I’m not entirely convinced there’s much left over that’s edible after the obvious manipulations of supergluing and pinning. Still, since I can’t either see or smell any signs of decomposition in the images featured in the article, well, that leaves me to concentrate on the artistry of the sculpture and photography itself, which, you must admit, is quite spectacular.


#1 Wendy on 01.12.08 at 4:46 am

That’s a photo?? Incredible.

BTW, there are a few more bird photos on my Flickr. Couldn’t get many of the actual plucking/gutting process as it was only me and Marco in the garage. His lack of opposable is very inconvenient sometimes…

#2 Zoe on 01.12.08 at 10:23 am

He spends a lot of time staring at vegetables in supermarkets, which can make him seem a little odd.

I do that all the time, but not for Art.

Kirsty, I can’t help but love the country show veg sculptures:

World of Vegetables

Wendy – Marco still did a great job with that nice pic of you ; )

#3 Kirsty on 02.12.08 at 7:17 pm

Are those mushrooms protruding from that eggplant supposed to be eyes? You’ll get no competition from me over the country vege sculptures: horrid, fetid little creatures. Just look how the ‘hair’ on that leek has gone all shrivelled and crispy. At least I think it’s hair… ; )

#4 Zoe on 03.12.08 at 6:37 am

oooh, harsh! Someone’s six year old slaved for hours over that stinky veg, Kirsty!

#5 Kirsty on 03.12.08 at 11:08 am

Heh. Yes, well you know if it had been slaved over by my six-year old niece, it would be the most beautiful thing in the world.

#6 St33v on 03.12.08 at 2:25 pm

Vegetable art.

Before I renewed my membership of the human race and went along to the Canberra Show in 2003, I was unaware of that such a pair of words – one long and complicated and from the wrong end of the alphabet, the other short, sassy and able to look good wearing anything – could be the high point of human endeavour. Better even than the old steam engines that chug at ridiculously slow rates.

And the fact that unlike the ANZACS, age has wearied them just adds to the atraction. But the photo of purple cabbages etc is indeed v. good.

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