Studio 747 - A Lifestyle Blog for Creative Minds: Food as Art

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Food as Art

Painting of Cherries by Maria Palma
These are my thoughts about food for Blog Action Day 2011...

For many years now, artists have used food as the subject of their art. Nowadays, food has become the subject of many photographers masterpieces. I don't know about you, but I can log into Facebook on any given day, and there are at least 5 photos of food in my timeline.

There are people who criticize foodies for taking pictures of food, saying that it's a wasteful endeavor. There are so many people starving in the world. Why would we rub it in their faces? My answer to that is: If people stopped taking pictures of food, would that really end world hunger? Besides, people who can't afford to eat are probably not logged on to Facebook, Twitter, or browsing the internet.

Food is a part of our daily lives. As an artist, using food as a subject of my art is a way of documenting our culture. A few hundred years from now, I'm sure future historians and civilizations would be curious about the things we ate...or not. Either way, it's just art.

Artists like me who use food as the subject of art or photography are appreciating the beauty of it all. We appreciate the cooks who put together these wonderful masterpieces because for them creating these amazing-looking dishes is also an art form.

French Onion Soup