Food Sculptures & Edible Art | Creative Ways to Display and Eat Food

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Food for Creativity & Creativity with Food

by Eric Waddington

What does an artist eat..? One might think that eating food has nothing to do with creative capacity, but they would be incorrect. What we put in our system greatly influences how many good ideas we have and how fast they come.

If you're in the business of being creative like we are, you have to come up with ideas daily. Now, I would be lying if I said we didn't spend our fair share of late nights in the gallery/studio slamming some greasy pizza or ramen noodles to get us through a long workday, however numerous studies have shown that eating the right kind of stuff can keep us and our brains healthy and creative for a long time. For fuel, our brain uses carbohydrates. Eating plenty of whole grain foods, as they break down slower, provides a steady supply of fuel for hours.

Fast acting carbohydrates such as sugars should be used rarely. When you do enjoy them, try to stick to the natural stuff and get as much of your sugars from fruits and veggies (over candies and cakes) as possible. Abusing sugars reduces the boost one receives from them when it’s needed. Think of a race car: if it were to run on nitro all the time, it would quickly wear out the engine and it wouldn't be able to get an extra boost when needed.

So, when it’s time for us to be creative, let’s fill up our gas tank with slow burning carbs, and keep a solid reserve of nitro for when we need that boost. Our favorite nitro is chocolate. Maybe it’s the caffeine, but that would be another article, for another day...

Speaking of Food and Creativity...

Something I did not learn until I married my lovely and creative wife is that the presentation of a meal and the balance and usage of colors is just as important in a positive eating experience as the food itself. Browsing through the web we came across some really cool examples of colorful, creative food displays. Now, this isn't to say that, in support of our previous advice, all of these culinary artists were eating healthy foods at the time of inspiration...but who's to say they weren't?? =) I don't know about you, but any time I work in the kitchen I sneak enough bites to noticeably slow down the progress of the meal - and most of these examples are fruit and vegetable based...

Art comes in may forms, and there is certainly something to be said for artistic food, or food sculptures (fruit sculptures, vegetable sculptures, etc. - even found a butter sculpture here) Perhaps the thing that impresses me the most about this substrate is the fact that the artist makes their masterpiece knowing that it will inevitably be temporary. Food sculptures unfortunately will not stand the test of time - only photographs and memories will ensure their legacy. I think it is very respectable for an artist to create a piece that will be enjoyed to its' fullest for only a short time. You might even say that this particular artistic medium is more enjoyable than most because it involves additional senses (smell and taste) that other masterpieces cannot claim. Have you ever seen someone take a bite out of the Mona Lisa..? I think not...

So whatever your creative outlet might be, we encourage you to pursue it with a belly full of healthy foods. And, if you feel so inspired, perhaps those healthy foods might just be your next artistic medium...


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