“I’m fascinated by fictional geographies and paradise mythologies, locations the place we will escape our earthly realities,” says artist Tanya Schultz, often known as Pip & Pop, whose large-scale candied cacophonies explode with sugary pastels and scrumptious textures (previously). “These locations could or could not exist, are sometimes discovered by likelihood, and are unattainable to find once more as soon as you allow. I believe they are often seen as illusory locations the place we mission our goals and wishes.”
Schultz attracts inspiration from mythological utopias of luxurious and many, just like the medieval Pays de Cockaigne, often known as Luilekkerland or Schlaraffenland. In a spot characterised by idleness and luxury, “the streets are paved with pastries, homes are constructed from truffles, mountains fabricated from pudding, and cheese rains from the sky,” the artist says. She continues:
All through historical past, tales of meals utopias grew to become common in occasions of meals deprivation, particularly throughout medieval occasions. Individuals created tales, songs, and maps of those locations as a option to escape actuality and picture a greater future, the place there can be ample meals. At different occasions, these lands of a lot had been seen not as escapist fantasies however relatively cautionary tales of gluttony.
Over time, Pip & Pop’s installations have grown in measurement and complexity. Schultz and her studio workforce incorporate sugar in numerous types, “from gentle, fragile piles to arduous, candy-like substances,” the artist tells Colossal. “But it surely all begins with hand-dyeing sugar in a whole lot of shades of pastel and neon colors.” The massive-scale, psychedelic installations additionally make use of modeling clay, rhinestones, beads, papier-mâché, rainbow string, pompoms, and tiny polymer truffles and fruits.
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