Combine the reader’s hunger for lurid descriptions with a millennial-inspired obsession with food porn. Throw in a photographer, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for some art worth rubbing your tummy over. Artist Charles Roux is doing just this, bridging literature, food, and art in his latest project, Fictitious Feasts. On the project the Roux writes:
The motif of food is particularly interesting in so far as it deeply reveals everyday life and its rituals, or it is a landmark in in the storytelling. 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. It could be said that writing reveals a great deal of human behaviours when intertwined with the literary treatment of food, for food not only nourishes but it is also a pretext to dramatic events or metaphors.
Take a look at some of the delightful meals:
The artist’s notion that food is more than just dish deep in literature, can allow a reader to tie in food’s role in social interactions, it’s religious pull when framed as a ‘communion’ of sorts or, as Roux suggests, a foreshadowing for plot points down the road. Food can be sexually symbolic (hello Ethan Frome and the pickle dish), relay character traits (asceticism, greed, etc.), or it can just be a trivial token of everyday life.
Roux’s images take us through a handful of books, including Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Les Misérables, To the Light House, The Bluest Eye, The Bell Jar, Remembrance of Things Past, and several others.
For more information on the project, check out the artist’s page here.
All images courtesy of Charles Roux.