Clearly, one artist was never told “don’t play with your food” as a child. And rightfully so — otherwise, the world may not have known her incredible, quirky portraits made from produce.
Anna Tokarska is the creative mastermind behind these produce portraits, which are part of a newly launched eight-piece series she’s called Arcimboldiana. The artist (who’s actually a former model, go figure) announced the new series via Instagram on July 11 and, since then, has unveiled the pieces on her account, one by one.
Tokarska says her fab fruit faces were inspired by 16th-century Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who famously painted fruits and vegetables to create portraits of people.
Essentially, Tokarska is doing the same, but instead of using paints and a canvas, the 35-year-old is taking actual zucchinis, carrots, grapes, radishes and other kinds of produce, and placing them in eerily beautiful patterns to make weird and realistic-looking faces.
Take a look at these photographs, and try not to be impressed. It’s impossible!
She’ll often use grapes and leaves to replicate hair.
“It is very hard to plan this before I build them, so I usually have all the different materials prepared before and I adjust them as I go forward,” Tokarska explained.
So the next time your kid is mindlessly poking at the Brussels sprouts on their plate, it’s worth considering that they could actually be a young artist at work. That, or they just don’t like Brussels sprouts.