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Toiletpaper Art? Meat Art? Unexpected Art from Unusual Materials (Part 1)

Art. What is it really? Some say it is the expression of self through skill and imagination. Others say, it is “the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos” but “it doesn’t have to match the couch.”

So there you go. Art can come out of anything in whatever form. Why does it matter from what materials they emerge? You could use garbage, or bread, or hair, or even raw sirloin steak, as long as it inspires you to express yourself. And once you let yourself loose, your imagination’s the limit.

Here is a collection of 7 of the most unusual pieces of art made from…well, the last things you’d imagine.

 

What a lovely seascape. But look again. The sea is made of salmon fillet and the outcrop are potatoes.
What a lovely holiday seascape. Well, look again. The sea is made of salmon fillet and the outcrop are potatoes.

 

1 Foodscape Art. Carl Warner is a London-based photographer who plays with his food. He makes foodscapes or landscapes made of a variety of food. In the picture above, a pea pod boat sails away from a land made of bread and potatoes, over a sea of salmon. In the picture below, hot air balloons from fruits and vegetables soar over a field of asparagus, courgettes, beans and corn. (Pics by Carl Warner via telegraph)

 

Look it’s vegetables rising!
Look it’s vegetables rising!

 

 

Mercier’s Celebs of Garbage. Guess who they are? In case you can’t make out the one on the extreme right? That would be Shirley Bassey.
Mercier’s Celebs of Garbage. Guess who they are? In case you can’t make out the one on the extreme right? That would be Shirley Bassey.

 

2 Trash Art. Jason Mecier is a mosaic artist and he makes 3D portraits out of garbage like margarine tubs, pens, toys, old mobilephones, discarded jewellery, used makeup containers, bubblegum wrappers…you get the picture. Among the celebs who have gotten his brand of trashy makeover are Tiger Woods, Chris Rock, RuPaul, Anna Nicole Smith, Mariah Carey, Tina Fey, Nicholas Cage, Obama, Trump and many more. You never know what can be made from out of your dustbin! (Pics from pondly and trendhunter).

 

You know these guys. Made out of old handphones, empty cannisters….
You know these guys. Made out of old handphones, empty cannisters….

 

 

From the humble toilet roll cardboard cylinder comes these faces.
From the humble toilet roll cardboard cylinder comes these faces.

 

3 Toilet Roll Art. The human emotion expressed through toilet rolls. How quaint is that? Junior Fritz Jacquet has found his artistic expression through the toilet paper. With a bit of scrunching and squeezing and a light addition of colour, he creates faces out of them, expressing a range of wry human emotions through something one would toss away from the washroom without a second thought. What an artistic way to recycle! (Pic from DIYisFun).

Watch his Tutorial!

 

Dare you try these on?
Dare you try these on?

 

4 Pin Art. Ouch! These shoes give you pins and needles all over your feet. Polish artist Erwina Ziomkowska‘s shoes with pins and needles was featured in the Housatonic Museum of Art as part of her ‘Wardrobe’ collection. They could be a pain in the nether regions. (Pic from ctpost).

Better yet, try this. Prickly sensation promised. Bra comes from Erwina Ziomkowska's ‘Wardrobe’ collection. Pic from designbloom
Better yet, try this. Prickly sensation promised. Bra comes from Erwina Ziomkowska’s ‘Wardrobe’ collection. Pic from designbloom

 

 

Elvis Tenderloin, with vegetables.
Elvis Tenderloin, with vegetables.

 

5 Meat Art, raw with humour. That Elvis Presley tenderloin steak would be the beef of Philadelphia-based artist Dominic Episcopo. In a project called “Meat America” celebrating America’s appetite for insurmountable odds, limitless aspiration, and immeasurable success, Episcopo carved beef, lamb, mutton, veal to resemble instantly recognizable icons and symbols. (Pics from texel).

 

Sacred Heart.
Sacred Heart.

 

 

Take a Walk in My Shoes. And after you’re done, make them into a cow.
Take a Walk in My Shoes. And after you’re done, make them into a cow.

 

 

For more Arty Farty Stuff, howzabout looking at Part 2: Bubble Gum, Masking Tape, Bottle Caps & Cutlery…Unexpected Art from Unusual Materials.

 

 

6 Scrap Art. Federico Uribe, the Colombian-born, Miami-based conceptual artist makes thrown-away everyday items into a menagerie of life-like animals. In his ‘Animal Farm’ collection, he makes donkeys and cows out of rubber soles; horses and pigs out of scrap plywood and a ram made out of rope. (Pic from inhabitat).

 

Rope Ram.
Rope Ram.

 

 

Somebody took a bite outa my doughnut!
Somebody took a bite outa my doughnut!

 

7 Colour Pencil Art. Frederico Uribe doesn’t stop at farm animals or the bottom of your shoes. Using colour pencils, but not to draw, he makes dessert out of them. Like the doughnut, made out of dark brown pencils for the chocolate frosting and light cream pencils with a bite taken out of one side! (Pic from inhabitat).

 

This ice-cream will never melt. Pink pencils make up the scoop and cherry and plastic fasteners make up the cone.
This ice-cream will never melt. Pink pencils make up the scoop and cherry and plastic fasteners make up the cone.

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