Not every plush-food creator thinks of her pieces as art. Marks corresponded with a Japanese woman who was busy “crocheting little sushis” and extremely realistic fruit, with oranges that you could peel in sections. The woman had no interest in a gallery showing. She just makes the stuff for her grandchildren.
Later in the day, Marks arranges her plush food into a conga line in the living room. Behold: the entire food pyramid laid out on the floor. The circle of life in felt. Since “STUFFED,” she has acquired a mushroom, a banana and one egg. It would have been dangerously easy to buy a dozen eggs and display them in a real carton.
Well-stuffed: Sarah Jo Marks plush-filled refrigerator
Humans have anthropomorphized animals for centuries. In urban cultures, where people had little contact with real animals, stuffed animals became popular. Does the plush-food phenomenon indicate our growing disconnect with real food?
Maybe. For health reasons, Marks tries to adhere to a strict gluten- and sugar-free diet. Doughnuts, however, are her weakness, being, as she puts it, “so delectable.”