Miniature Art: Food Edition

Miniature-Food-SculptureThere are many different types of Miniature Art, from dollhouses, to shadow boxes, to even miniature food sculptures. This week, we will focus on the growing trend of miniature food art.

First, let’s discuss miniature food sculptures made out of nonedible materials. For instance, small pieces of polymer clay that have been shaped to imitate sushi, turkey dinner or other meals. These were once used primarily for dollhouses. As previously mentioned in my other blog about dollhouses, these foods were used in the kitchen to help teach young girls daily responsibilities and how to run and maintain a household.

Now, artists are replicating miniature pieces of food to create various sculptures and there are some great artists who recreate miniatures and attach them to jewelry pieces. You can find all kinds of necklaces, bracelets and more that feature cute little ice creams and yummy lollipops, with googly eyes and tongues sticking out. Oh what would our Victorian forefathers think?

However, it is not only imitation items that are making a big splash in the miniature world. Perhaps inspired by the mini craze in food stuffs, chefs today have begun to take part in fascinating competitions regarding the creation of tiny little meals constructed with real food!

For instance, a sushi dish might use individual pieces of rice with minuscule pieces of sashimi dotted on top or affixed with a thin shred of seaweed. These competitions range from lots of fun to incredibly serious depending on the participants and the stakes.

To me, the miniature food is a necessary addition to any dollhouse or shadow box that contains a kitchen scene. The kitchen is the miniature-food-art-fairchildart-4heart of the home and depending on your style of kitchen, it’s realistic to have the best food in New York like pizza and Chinese food or more extravagant meals such as Thanksgiving or a Christmas Ham.