October 17, 2017
American glass and ceramics artist Shayna Leib is, very unfortunately, allergic to a long list of food ingredients which makes it impossible for her to indulge in cakes and desserts. Whilst other people in a similar situation might be resigned to a life of rice-cakes or perhaps start a self-help group, she poured her sweet longings into hand-crafting a series of glass and porcelain dessert sculptures which would put even the most perfectionist patissier to shame.
You would be forgiven for thinking that the images are of real gateaux or eclairs but they are in fact ingenious creations by the artist using a whole range of techniques from glassblowing, hot-sculpting and casting to ceramic hand-building and throwing. That's why the mirror glaze looks so perfect and the chocolate ganache so impossibly glossy.
According to the artist the objective was therapeutic, "a re-training of the mind to look at dessert as form rather than food". However, to non-allergy-sufferers (or mere gluttons), these stunningly beautiful sculptures serve more as a paean to our desires, and perhaps tools of torture upon realising the unattainability of such desires.
Add a dash of humour with surrealistic accessories such as the Dish of Desire bird feeding table from Frederik Roije, the Fish Design resin bowl from Corsi and the photo-realistic marble tiles wallpaper from NLXL.
July 09, 2020
Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of seeking beauty from imperfections by mending broken ceramics with gold lacquer. Artist Glen Martin Taylor has taken this one step further by incorporating an array of unusual found objects with broken porcelain pieces, some of which carry strong personal emotional significance.
March 01, 2019
Rone is a Melbourne street artist best known for his haunting images of stylised women's faces, which always seem to project an air of wistful melancholy. His latest project, Empire, amplifies this into a deeply immersive experience which promises to evoke profound emotions.
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