Tatiana Shkondina loves to play with her food. The Russian photographer and food stylist has a passion for making the edible beautiful and that’s just what she’s done in her latest works.
Taking everyday fruits, vegetables, grains and pastas, Shkondina sculpts edible mosaics of some of the world’s most well-known masterpieces.
There’s Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” made with blueberries and cuttlefish ink pasta swirls, a Piet Mondrian composition with squares of watermelon and cheese, and a small Salvador Dali with squares of toast and shell pasta.
Shkondina, who has been a photographer for over 10 years, has a similar process for each piece.
“I choose pictures that I’d like to recreated with food… they should be in ‘food’ colors and not very complicated forms,” she explained to FoxNews.com. “After that, I draw sketches and try to imagine which products will be the best match to the art by colors, textures, forms and point of origin.”
For example, in Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai’s “South Wind, Clear Sky,” the food stylist choose not only foods that matched the color of the work but common food items eaten in Japan, such as salmon, green tea and rice.
“It’s not about beauty, it’s about harmony,” she says.
Each work takes between one and five hours, depending on the size and number of ingredients. But the labor of love is worth it for Shkondina who is excited that her two passions have finally come together.
“I’ve always loved to cook and decorate food so now my hobby and passion have become my work at last.”