Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sasha's Kitchen: Modern Art Themed Cupcakes

In this post, I am introducing some new cupcake art - a series of cupcakes that are intended to represent the works and styles of different modern artists.

I have always enjoyed art - painting, drawing, ceramics, pottery, jewelry making etc. . .  At every point in my life, I have always been involved in some sort of artistic endeavor.  In high school, I spent much of my free time pursing my art work in my AP Art Classes.  Since then, I have always enjoyed painting with acrylics, oils and watercolors when I find the time.  Last fall, I took a pottery class, as well, which I enjoyed (though I was not an especially skilled potter - I have more luck with painting).  What I enjoy most about art is color - especially bright colors and exploring the use of color in art.  For this reason, artists who use intense colors are some of my favorite artists - from Picasso to Matisse to Kandinsky.  One of my favorite rainy day activities is spending time in art museums here in New York, and in the places that I travel to.  In New York, my favorite museums are MOMA and the Guggenheim because the focus is on post-impressionism and early modern art, showcasing some of my favorite artists.

  Piet Mondrian - Red, Blue and Yellow

I believe that food can be an art form as well.  On one hand, food is often the subject of art - for example Paul Cezanne spent the majority of his career painting fruit.  However, I believe that creating beautiful food and showcasing that food visually and photographically is an art form.  I feel the same way about writing and my approach to writing about food.

As part of my ongoing exploration of the relationship between food and art, I created a series of modern art cupcakes showcasing the paintings and styles of some of my favorite impressionist, post impressionist and modern artists: Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollack, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and Joan Miro.  (I love Kandinsky, Picasso, Chagall and Lichenstein too - but they didn't make it into this series).

  Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Pop Art - in Cupcake

I decorated these cupcakes using a combination of painting with rolled fondant, food colors, food coloring markers, and colored cupcake icing left over from previous cupcake recipes.  New to the mix for me were the Gourmet Writers (food markers) from New York Cake.  These were fabulous for writing on fondant - it was just like drawing with a fine-tip marker.  For the Jackson Pollack cupcake, though, I used a splatter technique and that required drizzling icing colored with food coloring using a toothpick.  For some of the cupcakes, I tried to do an entire image as a square.  Others, like the Cezanne and Monet cupcakes, I just did pieces that I thought were most distinctive of that artists (the fruit for Cezanne and the water lilies from Monet).

Mondrian, plus two Matisse cut-outs - Icarus (Jazz) and another general cut-out in fondant

 Joan Miro - L'oro Dell' Azzurro

Monet's Water Lilies, Cezanne's fruit and a sideways view of Van Gogh's Starry Night (as best as I could pull it off)

Vincent Van Gogh's masterpiece starry night, turned into a cupcake

My interpretation of the Jackson Pollack splatter technique

I like to consider this my contribution to the ultimate Pop Art.  For another post exploring the relationship with food and art, check out my sushi cupcakes.

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  1. loving the pop soup one

  2. Ok, without checking the explanation, I could pick out: Warhol; Van Gogh; Miro!

  3. Cool - I am glad you guys enjoyed them. It's like reverse pop art in my mind. Andy Warhol's pop art was about creating art from ordinary objects. My reverse pop art takes art (famous paintings) and puts it back into the ordinary objects.

  4. Beautiful job, I'll take a Van Gogh, by the way, what's beneath the icing and fondant?

  5. How nice to find someone else who loves cupcakes and art. You may like my blog! A special section for cupcake modern art - hope to profile yours soon!

  6. I want Morris Louis, Lucio Fontana, and International Klein Blue cupcakes!!! You should check out Vik Muniz for some inspiration (he does photo based works that are based on famous artworks... he remakes these in all sorts of materials like chocolate syrup, hole punched paper, diamonds and then photographs them).


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