As kids, we were often reprimanded for messing with our food. We were told dinner is meant to be eaten, not played with. But, these amazing calendar images of edibles styled as famous works of art are proof that our stickler parents were maybe just stifling our potential for creative genius.
Russian photographer and food stylist Tatiana Shkondina has created an ingenious tribute to the paintings of masters including Van Gogh, Klimt and Dalí. The collection is impressive not only for its uncanny resemblance to the originals, but for its meticulous construction process, too. The artwork is first outlined into basic silhouettes, and then Shkondina painstakingly handpicks the ingredient palette with coloring that can be incorporated seamlessly into the shapes. Utilizing salmon, grains and a variety of greens, the results wouldn't look out of place in a gallery. Click through for some of her best work — and for a look at what your childhood artwork might have yielded if you were only allowed to push your potatoes around a little bit longer.