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Eriko Kobayashi Casts Extraordinarily Lifelike Foods From Glass in Her Hyperrealistic Sculptures — Colossal


#Eriko Kobayashi #food #glass #sculpture

February 13, 2024

Kate Mothes

All images © Eriko Kobayashi, shared with permission.

Eriko Kobayashi’s incredibly realistic sculptures of fried eggs, bacon, and gummy bears are made of the last thing you’d want to take a bite out of. Formed entirely of glass, the Seattle-based artist’s hyperrealistic works explore our relationship with routine meal times, comfort foods, and the nostalgia of brands like Pop Tarts.

“I think we make decisions about our clothing, food, and daily needs based on a feeling of intimacy and sympathy with the products,” Kobayashi tells Colossal. Drawing on universally recognizable elements, such as the ubiquitous eggs and bacon breakfast menu, the artist draws on her own nostalgia and portrays dishes that she often has on hand. She sees glass as a medium that can encapsulate and accumulate experiences.

Kobayashi uses a technique called hot casting, in which individual pieces are fused together at high temperatures in a hand-made mold. “I am always looking for new revitalizations and try to make pieces that deepen thought, emit a positive feeling and awaken curiosity,” he says. “The discipline required to convincingly create a glass object requires that you spend a long, focused period of time crafting that object.”

Working with glass requires a lot of patience in pursuit of precision. For example, in the process of making solid and cubic gummy bear parts, Kobayashi went through a lot of trial and error. “Incorrect melting temperatures caused the gummy bears to melt too much, errors in mold shape caused temperature variations, and incorrect calculation of annealing time caused cracks in the glass,” he says. “Through experimentation, I ended up creating my own molds and calculating the temperature to achieve the desired shape.”

Kobayashi’s work will be included in the upcoming 2024 edition of Ripley’s, believe it or not! and is currently part of Probability at Hashimoto Contemporary in Los Angeles. And if you’re in Seattle, you can see his work in the Pratt Fine Arts Center window in a presentation titled chewy thoughts, opening this month and continuing through June. Find more on the artist’s website and on Instagram.

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