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Sugar Murals and Cake Icing Graffiti by Shelley Miller

October 31, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Using materials that for centuries have been reserved as tasty decoration the finest cakes and pastries, Montreal-based artist Shelley Miller attacks brick walls and deteriorating urban surfaces with cake icing to create ornate scrolls and decorative motifs. While the medium itself is purely culinary, her illustrations and patterns borrow heavily from calligraphy and decorative arabesque scrolls seen in ancient temples and mosques. Another added dimension is its impermanence as the works crack, drip, and melt off the wall, potentially disappearing in just a few days. Most recently Miller presented an interactive piece at Nuit Blanche in Montreal called Throw-Up, and…