Tapping into the emotions associated with food and using humour, irony and intensity, artist Peter Anton creates large-scale sweets and treats to lure, charm, tease, disarm, and surprise us.
His latest works feature huge doughnuts, boxed chocolate treats, ice cream cones, sundaes, and cakes – all of which are so realistic, they make the mouth water. “My oversized sculptures explore our relationships with sweets and foods and their important impact on our culture,” Anton explains. “I have an innate reverence for the things we eat. I am fascinated by the serious role food plays in people’s daily lives and throughout history.
“I strongly feel that different foods activate passions and emotions in people and profoundly connect to an individual’s memories and personal history. Food has power over us. We all have experienced love, passion, comfort, joy, reward, overindulgence, disgust, and guilt from our daily reliance on food. A slice of cake is not just a slice of cake.”
The labour-intensive works, created in Anton’s studio in Fairfield, Connecticut, are made from a variety of materials, including plaster, wood, metal, resin, clay, and acrylic. “In order to achieve a hyper-realistic look my oversized sculptures can take up to three months to complete,” he adds.
Anton’s latest work will go on display in Sweet Dreams: Confectionary Sculpture, an upcoming exhibition at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut, from 18 July right through to October.
Super Donuts, 2020 © Peter Anton
Dark Bar, 2020 © Peter Anton
Heavenly Assortment, 2020 © Peter Anton