Ida Skivenes plays with her food. Well, her breakfast to be more specific. Skivenes' version of playtime portrays everything from superheroes to sweet sentiment with humor, health, and heart. The images above are from Skivenes' Art Toast Project Presents series, an edible art history lesson. Skivenes uses toast as her canvas and iconic artwork as her muse in these visual feasts. Check out my interview with the artist below.
[NAME:] Ida Skivenes // [HOME GROWN:] Oslo, Norway // [DAY JOB:] Foreign trade statistician. //
[DREAM JOB:] Full-time food artist.
COFFEE OR TEA // VINTAGE OR COUTURE // SUCCESS OR FAME // SILVER OR GOLD //
APPETIZER OR DESSERT
Q & A.
JRL: What inspired you to use food art as your canvas for creative expression?
IS: The food art emerged from a marriage of a love of art and a love of food. When I became a vegetarian two and a half years ago, I had to rethink what a meal was and experiment with new ingredients. I believe that having this chance to see food from a distance made it possible for me to create these pieces.
JRL: Your ingredient choices are usually healthy. Are you creating a platform for the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through your art? Or is breakfast just breakfast?
IS: Eating a balanced healthy diet, with room to indulge, is important for me; so naturally this influences the type of food I use. I want to make healthy eating fun through using a lot of fresh ingredients and plenty of color.
JRL: What does your breakfast food art self portrait look like?
IS: Perhaps not so healthy in itself, but my favorite breakfast food is scones. So I guess a scone slathered with either zesty marmalade or cheddar cheese hair would be a good pick. My "trademark" dried blueberry eyes and strawberry mouth would be a good pairing. Being asked this inspires me to make one soon, my followers have been asking me to.
JRL: Describe your favorite meal.
IS: Unsurprisingly my favorite meal of the day is breakfast. The most important feature is a large pot of freshly brewed coffee or soft pillowy cappuccinos, plus lots of time to enjoy a variety of cheeses, jams, and fresh fruit either on bread or pancakes.
JRL: Do you have plans to expand your vision to lunch or dinner?
IS: Not at the moment but who knows in the future. I eat everything I make, so I prefer to keep my other meals more "normal".
[The Art Toast Project Presents series was created by Ida Skivenes. All images provided courtesy of the artist.]