Marshmallow Art

Submitted by Markydoodle August 30th, 2010
Certifikitsch WinnerClassique d Camembert

At the Modernism Show in Denver there were many booths displaying vendor’s merchandise. This human- like sculpture stood guard over one of them.

This sculpture is mixed-media, but the skin covering is of mini colored marshmallows. I don’t know if his name is Art, in fact, I don’t know if it’s a man or a woman. The person standing in front of it is actually having a little conversation with it so I gave them both a wide berth.

I found that has 4,439 recipes with marshmallows.

It’s Kitschen Dictionary says:

” There is a marshmallow plant, and marshmallows used to be made from the extract of its roots, but today it is made of corn syrup, gelatin, gum arabic, egg and flavorings. The gelatin is softened in water and gum Arabic and flavorings are added. They look like little fluffy pillows of sugar. Marshmallow creme is a thick, whipped mixture of the stuff sold in jars. Commercial marshmallows where introduced in the 19th century. Marshmallow cream is also available in jars and is simply whipped marshmallow. Marshmallows are loved by adults and children. Marshmallows come in two sizes large and mini. They can be eaten as is, placed on top of hot chocolate, used to make desserts if many kinds.

plural: marshmallows


Season: available year-round

How to select: Marshmallows come in various shapes, sizes and colors.

How to prepare: Used frequently as a topping for hot cocoa and mixed in fudge, ice cream and candies”

I’m glad they’re available year-round.

And I wonder if there’s a place that can ship me marshmallow plants so we can have marshmallow dishes the way nature intended.

7 Responses to “Marshmallow Art”

  1. Allee Willis

    I’m awarding you a Classique D’ Camembert because your excursion into marshmallows is so complete. I like the sculpture but it’s your little essay that is most impressive to me.

    I, myself, would love to have a marshmallow plant. If we know anyone who could genetically engineer actual marshmallows to sprout on the plant as opposed to having to squeeze its roots to get the base material I would order one today.

    I actually used some marshmallows in my art once, though never as completely as the mini marshmallow man pictured here, and mine attracted ants before I could spray lacquer on them to try and preserve them. So I gave up trying to incorporate actual food into my work, contenting myself with vintage food packaging which had no nutritional appeal in and of itself to insects.

  2. windupkitty

    Seriously, this post has lifted an otherwise ordinary day to such an awesomely enjoyable level of happiness…..I LOVE your documented exploration of the marshmallow universe and all that it entails…..the photo of the dude and his mini-marsh compadre is brilliant…..they should climb into a huge cup of cocoa together and take to the seas like the owl and the pussycat….there’s clearly a connection between the two of them…that’s undeniable…..

    consequently, i’ve only ever used peeps in a few projects (all wearable), but never quite got it, marine varnish just soaks right in and strangely, they never, ever, is a great marshmallow mystery……

    • Mark Milligan

      No I don’t think that they were interested in people eating their art, but Charles Phoenix was there baking his cherpumple, and I had to leave before he served it. He is a real talent!