This one goes out to the kids of all ages who, to the chagrin of every imaginable authority figure, still insist on playing with their food. Now they're reaping the benefits on Instagram, pulling in thousands of likes because they didn't listen to their parents. Not great for getting along on Thanksgiving, but excellent for making a helluva photo spread. Check out coffee watercolors, candied murals, color-coded smoothies, and edible illustrations in the works below:
Ghidaq al-Nizar, a.k.a., @coffeetopia, repurposes old java as watercolors, painting intricate portraits on leaves or crisp white backgrounds. The Indonesia-based artist also arranges coffee grounds into intricate landscapes, coined the hashtags #zerowastecoffee and #seniampaskopi in support of his eco-friendly approach.
Hedvig Astrom Kushner concocts picture-perfect smoothies, right down to their Pantone color designation. Each drink looks delicious, and blends in smoothly with the hue in the background, thanks to her signature blend of fruit alchemy and lack of color blindness. Bon apetit!
Tisha Cherry is largely known for her Oreo art, but recently she put together this magnificent rendition of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night made of candy for an East Village candy shop. It looks good enough to eat.
Designer and visual artist Domenic Bahmen uses minimal materials to point out his tongue-in-cheek observations about the world of stuff we use every day. References to everything from Dadaism to modern advertising are rampant in his work, but the overarching atmosphere is similar to that of Reddit's r/oddlysatisfying: pleasure at noticing the small similarities across all areas of the world.
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away," is the old adage that inspired Ken Carbone's fittingly-titled series of daily apple artworks, An Apple a Day. He posts the fruits of his labor to his Instagram account, which ranges from paintings to sculptures, but this deconstructed apple made from the real thing is one of our favorites.
Diego Cusano's work marries plating with illustration. He augments fruits, veggies, pasta, and other small objects with animal bodies or the faces and shapes of pop art icons like Coco Chanel. This image of Nefertiti with a pizza hat is top tier imagineering, and you can buy shirts and phone cases emblazoned with it on his shop.
Maria Aristidou is best known for making intricate coffee paintings, but her series of fine art-inspired cakes steal the show. The Cyprus-based artist transposes the likes of Salvador Dali, Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and more onto the cake's frosting. Maybe if Munch had taken a hint from Aristidou, he wouldn't be so angsty.
Octonana? Bananapus? Tentapeel? We're not sure what to call this fruit doodle by Stephan Brusche, aka @isteef. With a pen and a few well-placed cuts, this culinary magician elevates the humble banana to an artform all its own. Being on the other end of this dudes Snapchat looks like a trip as well. Visit Instagram for more food art.