Artists are very adventuresome and experimental we all know that. But some go to the extreme with what they will use for media. Here are some really crazy things artists have used to create their artwork. Just goes to show you can be very creative and resourceful at the same time~!
Toast. Yes, I said toast. There are artists who actually use burnt toast to create pieces of art. Truly, some of these pieces are exceptional. The artist I read about, Maurice Bennett, the internationally renowned toast artist doesn’t use a toaster, that would take too long. But he does use a blowtorch. This way, he can control the amount of brown he wants on the toast. One piece in particular he created is really beautiful. He said he gets a lot of inspiration from the Maori tribal designs and among other important parts of traditional New Zealand culture. It seems these toast art pieces are bringing in big bucks!
Ryan Alexiev (born to Bulgarian immigrants, raised in Alaska and educated at UC Berkley gets his inspiration from children-focused cereal. Yup, cereal. Some of his creations are huge taking thousands of pieces of brightly colored cold cereal. Another artist whom I don’t have a name for creates cereal art in the form of religious iconography. Very difficult to do even with colored pencils!
David Mach is a Scottish artist who makes sculptures out of stuff like coat hangers, car tires and old newspapers. Also, matchsticks. Thousands and thousands of little matchsticks. Mach uses around 30,000 matchsticks for each sculpture and from what I read he also sells them for around this price. He doesn’t paint the matchsticks but orders them Japan where apparently, they produce matchsticks in practically any color imaginable. Each piece takes months to complete. The artist has to glue each matchstick into a plastic or fiberglass structure he has made beforehand.
It seems there are many artists into making sculptures out of old soggy, stinky cigarette butts. I know, disgusting huh? But at least they are helping the environment. One artist even uses only the filters to make fluffy animals. Yuck!
Hannah Mendelsohn makes all kinds of table tops out of M&M’s. I don’t know how they keep those from getting crushed, but the work is pretty remarkable.
Some fun and wacky mediums out there folks!