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KU professor’s edible art goes on display

September 6, 2008

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Maria Velasco, Kansas University assistant professor of art, is presenting her edible creation "Isn't It You" at the "In Residence: Recent Projects from Sculpture Space" exhibit at Project Space in New York City. The exhibit, which runs until Oct. 18, is presented by The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and Sculpture Space.

Velasco held a two-month residency at Sculpture Space, a nonprofit workspace for sculpture artists, in 2007. She recently submitted slides of her work and was selected, along with seven other artists from across the United States, to be part of the exhibition.

The artwork shown is in the form of edible poems served on trays. While still in Lawrence, Velasco created molds for each alphabetical letter to be used in the poems. Shortly before installation, she completed her work in Hell's Kitchen's Cupcake Cafe, a bakery in New York.

The words on the trays were inspired by two love poems, one written by Juan Velasco, her brother, and one written by writer Adam Spiridilozzi.

"The cupcakes allowed me to incorporate community into the art by creating a connection between art and local businesses," Velasco said.

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