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Artist Transforms Classic Literature Into Food Through His Series 'Fictitious Feasts'; How Many Can You Guess?  

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

Weaving a scrumptious tale by combining food and literature, the series of 'Fictitious Feasts' aesthetically re-creates food scenes in fictional texts. 

Embodying words into visuals Charles Roux, the man behind the series is of the belief, "Giving life to the story, food can also define a character or convey another theme: it relates the characters to some social or cultural identity."

Amalgamating food and words, as the artist claims are essential to the human race and how the 'powerfulness of orality engages all the senses.'

Here's a dive into his piquant visual wonderland that is whisked out of a literary realm-- 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Whipping up nostalgia of childhood and laying it across the table, Roux brings to life a visual that screams, “Somebody has been tasting my porridge!” 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Explicitly beaming of sugar, spice, and everything nice, with vintage tea-pots and cake-pops the visuals stage a fancy tea-party just like in Alice's Wonderland. 

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Haruki Murakami's 1Q84

Garnering inspiration from the Japanese author Haruki Murakami's dystopian novel 1Q84 that oscillates between Aomame and Tengo, the artist sets the table bringing out his vision in the transition from words to visuals.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

Roux's representation of this fictional story seemingly brings out a chunk from the book that is bared in the open as a delectable plate.

Les Misérables

A loaf of bread, with the aesthetics filtered of the post-Napoleonic era, condenses the classic literary delight into one frame.  

Little Red Riding Hood

Three elements that echo this childhood fiction as per Roux - a red hood, an abandoned picnic basket, and dense woods. If you can't already, look closer and you'll picture the evil wolf hiding around.

Heidi

For the story of a little girl that unfolds in the Swiss Alps, Roux embellishes his frame with a lantern, a mug full of milk and some bread laid on a blemished old cloth. 

The creator of the series also allows one to divulge in his process of creating this art by sharing what goes on behind the screen. 

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Images sourced from Charles Roux blog 

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