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Art of the Day: Saturday February 23, 2013

American Gothic Popcorn Twist

- by Aylan N. Couchie

This week's theme: Let's Eat!

We love food and there's more to our fondness than mere survival. We love everything about it. We love to eat it and prepare it. Our moods dictate what we eat and where we eat it. We care about what we drink and we love to snack. Food comforts us, is a part of our celebrations and joins us when we watch tv, read or go to the movies. This love affair with food crosses cultures, bridges language barriers and brings us together. Food is truly a wonderful thing.


Art: American Gothic Popcorn Twist by Artist Aylan N. Couchie
Yes, I sculpted butter. I was one of 3 artists chosen from my school to sculpt butter in the 90th Annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. I spent the day in a cooler from around 8:30am to 7:30pm sculpting a twist on the classic "American Gothic".  

This was my first time sculpting butter and I learned a lot about what you can and CAN NOT do with the medium. I also learned to DRESS WARM!  By 5:30pm I could not stand to be in the cooler for longer than 15 minutes at a time. Detail work was near impossible due to shivering. 

All in all I had a fantastic time and I saw a lot of photos of my sculpture tweeted by others.  I did some radio and TV interviews (it was the opening day of the fair) which were enjoyable. 

The sculpture was on display from November 2, 2012 to November 11, 2012

I created a Storify feed about the day - Find it Here 

Detail Images


Detail Image for art American Gothic Popcorn Twist

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Detail Image for art American Gothic Popcorn Twist

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Detail Image for art American Gothic Popcorn Twist

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