Just when you thought that rice krispie-fied creations were the be-all end-all in food art, a young artist has unveiled a series of portraits on Instagram, using the teeniest, tiniest, and cutest canvases ever: spoons.
Ioana Vanc, a 28-year-old architect based in Arad, Romania, works within the size restrictions of spoons to create Lilliputian images of Star Wars characters, Venetian masks, panda bears, and various vistas using food ingredients such as eggplant peel, orange rind and black radish in place of oils or clay.
“Food art on a plate is very popular these days, and I love it, but I was thinking that using a spoon as a canvas would make my illustrations look more interesting and fun,” Vanc told Yahoo Food. “Architecture helps me a lot especially in the making process. I play with lots of layers of food to give shadows and depth to an art piece and sometimes the piece is very high, like 6 or 7 centimeters. It’s like building something.”
The series, which began with a snowman crafted from “white and brown sugar, twigs, leaf, black peppercorn, and orange peel,” is curated by Vanc with the hashtag #in_a_spoon, and currently contains 43 images.
“The most difficult spoon to create so far was definitely the Steve Jobs pixel portrait made out of red apple,” she said. “The apple pieces were very tiny and was very difficult to keep them fresh. It took me 12 hours to complete it and a crazy back pain.”
Prior to working with spoons, Vanc has posted images using cocoa powder to resemble charcoal drawings, walnut flower portraits, and graphic mosaics made from corn cobs.
“I like to experiment with lots of materials especially the ones I can find around me,” Vanc summed up. “I keep trying to make new things because pushing your limits means growing and improving your talents. I hope to improve my skills and create better illustrations in the future.”
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