Restaurant etiquette has changed unrecognisably since Instagram became ubiquitous. These days, the tradition of saying grace has been replaced by the pre-eating ritual of uploading a sepia printed shot of your food with the hashtag #yum, a moment of euphoria only topped by the post-meal excitement of seeing how many likes and jealous comments it has garnered.
Indeed, this burgeoning tradition has made the world of instagram rather banal, so it is refreshing when a creative brings a fresh and inspiring angle to the fetishisation of food, such as in the work of Norwegian culinary innovator Ida Skivenes aka Ida Frosk.
With her first post – a bear and a fox on toast – going live in June just last year, the past twelve months have seen Skivenes garner over 100,000 followers from her eclectic multiplicity of beautiful, witty works on plates, ranging from The Great Gatsby book cover, fashioned from fruit, jam and yoghurt, the Arcopolis of Athens made out of the ingredients of a Greek salad and breakfast for four as interacting Pac-Man pancakes.
But one of the highlights of her feed is the Art Toast Project, where she has recreated famous pieces of art by the likes of Munch, Kandinsky, Degas, Picasso and Dalí on single slices of bread. Thoughtful, witty and delicious, anothermag.com presents a gallery of Skivenes’ favourite works from the series, as well as an interview to find out what inspired her to make so original an addition to the world of food art. Here is an excerpt from the interview:
Q: How did the Art Toast project start?
A: I started doing “regular” food art first, animals and cartoon characters and such. Then I thought it would be fun to explore my interest for modern art using food as the medium. I often use word play as a source of inspiration, so this was based on the literal interpretation of “food art”.
Q: Has there been an artwork you have tried yet not been able to commit to bread? If yes, why?
A: I haven’t always been 100% satisfied with the results but have in the end posted the pictures after a time of reflection. I do adjustments and remakes of a toast as I go along, trying my best to get to where I want to be – which might be a different place than where I started. There are certain artworks I know will be too hard to replicate, so I don’t even try. It’s usually a matter of too much detail (like “The Last Supper” for instance) or the complexity of facial expressions (like anything by Caravaggio) that hold me back.
Q: Who is your favourite artist?
A: I have no single favorite but I’m partial to the more modern artists and in particular the Surrealists, like Dalí. What I do feels sort of surreal too so it fits me well.
To read the full interview visit anothermag.com. Let us know if you feel inspired to try this at home!