Although art and food are made in entirely different spaces, the two still find a way to get together. In the eyes of artists, the creation of food is another avenue for artistic expression.
Contemporary artists have often used food to make political, economic, and social statements. From opening restaurants as art projects to crafting sculptures from edible materials, artists have harmonised the two wonderfully.
Arguably, the first artist in the modern era to have come up with the idea that the preparation and consumption of food can be considered art is Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. The Futurist movement led by Marinetti and other artists in 1909 thought cooking and dining, central to everyone’s daily lives, should be central to their artistic ideals.
In more recent times, renowned Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija joined forces with Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi to construct a cookbook featuring unconventional and oftentimes unique dishes including curry pizza and ice cream with fish sauce.
Tiravanija, like many artists, finds common ground between food and art, incorporating their own art styles into the creation and presentation of their dishes.
Here are the artists who have made a statement with food and art: