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“I don’t think that my work is actually effectively dealing with history. I think of my work as subsumed by history or consumed by history.” —Kara Walker

New episode from Art21’s Exclusive series: An in-depth look at the creation of Kara Walker’s monumental public project for Creative Time, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby (2014), at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY.

WATCH: Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”

IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”. © Art21, Inc. 2014.

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These beautiful aquatic creatures look like they’re about to swim, hop, wriggle, and propel themselves away, but they won’t do anything of the sort because each one is made of candy. Welcome back to the Department of Delicious Deception, where today we’re feasting our eyes on another marvelous example of Amezaiku (previously featured here), the centuries-old Japanese art of making edible candy sculptures from sugar and starch.

These impressively lifelike animals are the work of 26-year old Shinri Tezuka, owner of Ameshin, a small Amezaiku studio and shop located in the Asakusa district of Tokyo. Tezuka’s fish, frogs, tadpoles, and cephalopods are so very lovely, we’re not sure how anyone can bring themselves to eat them, but we’d happily collect them all if we could.

Shinri Tezuka makes even more candy critters than the ones pictured here. Click here or head over to the Ameshin website to view more.

[via Spoon & Tamago]