Rarely do you come across a piece of art that genuinely looks good enough to eat. I mean, really really good to eat. The kind of art that makes you want to dip your head into a pot of sherbet. Even if you don’t like the stuff (which I definitely don’t).
Welcome to the world of Pip and Pop – where this is possible. If Willy Wonka were to see the pieces, he might have the Australian artist as one of his deputy minions, they’re that brilliant. Tanya Schulz, the candy queen behind Pip and Pop, creates these fairytale installations from a mixture of eclectic materials, including sugar, glitter, candy, plastic flowers, everyday craft materials and bits and bobs she finds on her travels.
She then combines the materials to make installations, paintings, wall-works and sculptures. Her work is so unique and arresting that she’s even caught the eyes of high-end fashion brands such as Hermes, as well as being asked to create the set for Romance was Born’s Spring Summer catwalk show at Australian Fashion Week 2013. Pip and Pop has also featured in a staggering number of exhibitions internationally, primarily in Japan, Australia and Europe; working both solo and collaboratively, with artists such as Nicole Andrijevic.
What makes this work so special is Tanya’s ability to create a complete fantasy world that you feel could be blown away at any second because of its fragility. The installations take you straight back to childhood, were imagination is endless.
Tiny little details such as the flowers which are poked into the sugar will catch your eye, before you notice some other small detail. She manages to take fairly mundane, throwaway objects that might be found at the bottom of a child’s toy box, and create a meaning and a story for them in her installations. She turns them into something beautiful and delicate.
To see more of Pip and Pop’s work, click here.