One of the most common questions regarding aesthetics is 'what things count as art?' To Adam Hillman (previously here), the answer to this question is as broad as it is narrow. Adam arranges everyday objects into dynamic patterns to subvert their traditional use and redefine them as tools for artistic innovation.
"I grew up fascinated with art history, so it seemed natural to want to create my own art," he told Bored Panda. "Instead of traditional painting and sculpture, I wanted to use materials that reflected the time I live in, which is why I use everyday objects."
Food is arguably his most common choice. "Unlike more permanent mediums, food is transitory, and can only be preserved through methods such as photography," Adam explained. "Because I use Instagram as my way of exposing my work to a larger audience, I use food because it is something that is unique to photography because it can only be experienced through reproduction, unlike painting or sculpture which are better experienced in person and can be bought and sold as an object."
"Likewise, unlike mediums designated as high art, food can be more readily understood and enjoyed by everyone, making it a more democratic option."
"As we live in a time dominated by widespread food-based advertising, I think food art is becoming especially relevant. Rather than seeing grocery stores as merely a means of sustenance, it redefines these seemingly utilitarian stores as areas of artistic possibility, making viewers more perceptive to the aesthetic possibilities of everyday things that they would normally take for granted."