Toast-art by a Japanese artist, Manami Sasaki
26 May, 2020
Can you imagine what lockdown can do to creative people! A Japanese designer, Manami Sasaki, from the beginning of a lockdown (April 2020) has been painting on toasts thus making her breakfasts truly unique. Being inspired by Japanese art traditions, the artist has been creating zen gardens with fork and sour cream. With Matcha powder she creates moss, whereas Macadamia nuts are used for shapes of mountains. Tomato sauce, margarine, leaves of mint and mustard combined together turn into Japanese camellia…
Manami Sasaki told us how she came up with an idea of making miracles on toasts, about her favorite products for art as well as moments when she felt herself the happiest.
How did you get to the idea of creating on toasts?
My artwork is for the breakfast. Before the lockdown, I had easily skipped meals, in between my busy routine. For example, at a convenience store or a fast food meal. I was having a busy life on a daily basis, assuming that I was optimizing and rationalizing and minimizing my mealtime. But in this situation, I’ve learned to value the rhythm of the day. I get up early in the morning and stick to my breakfast. My mind feels at ease with the richness that comes from taking the time to do this.
What message do you want to bring to people with your art?
I’m sure everyone is having a restless time during the lockdown period as their lives have changed. You may be depressed or even frustrated. However, one habit can help you feel better. There are times when I, too, feel crushed by so many different emotions. Even in those times, I can keep my spirit by doing artwork every morning without changing. Habits, whatever they are, are good. Whether it’s cooking, stretching, or greeting. Try to accumulate something every day and put yourself in an environment where you feel safe.
What are your most favorite products for work?
The artwork as a whole is FACE to FACE, the conceptual art I’m working on now. I do bread art as a morning routine, so I don’t have a particular favorite. I like them all.
How do your incredible ideas appear?
I tend to focus on themes of Japanese culture and design that I like. It’s a theme I love, and I’m having fun making it from the heart, so I think people who watch it are enjoying it too. The ingredients are decided while walking through the supermarket.
Do you eat your artworks?
Of course, we make them to eat. It’s important that this artwork is delicious.
What is your favorite toast-art technique?
It is the use of materials while retaining the characteristics of the material (color and texture). I don’t think there are many artists who can bring out the goodness of the ingredients in their food work. I want to take care of my food.
What is the most difficult in your work?
It’s all about keeping it fresh and looking tasty. I use the refrigerator and often think about the order in which I put the ingredients on. I’m good at detailing (as you can see from the nail art on Instagram), but overdoing it on toast art can look unhygienic. The point is to stop just in time.
When do you feel yourself the happiest one?
When it’s a bread artwork and it’s baking. The moment when the work turns into a breakfast. The emotions at that time are very interesting.
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