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'CNN' Q&A with SVA Alumnus Maayan Zilberman on Her Edible Art

From CNN: “Artist-cum-confectioner Maayan Zilberman has long used sugar and sugar-like alternatives as materials. Her latest series, a group of iridescent, crystalline towers made of sugar, are now on display at Los Angeles' Furth Yashar & gallery.

'Is her work more or less interesting or relevant (because) it's made out of sugar? We feel it isn't. It's equally interesting and in some ways more interesting,' Sean Yashar, one of the gallery's founders, said of Zilberman's work.

'The sugar is new, fresh and different. It's something different to glass, different to resin; it's a different material and it reacts differently when you look at it, and that alone was interesting to us.'

CNN spoke with the artist-confectioner—and, it's worth noting, lingerie designer—about her work.

CNN: How did the art and candy worlds come together for you?

Maayan Zilberman: I have a background in fine art. I went to school for sculpture and made art all through my other two careers (candy-maker and lingerie designer) to this show. I think a lot of the techniques I learned in school and in my studio helped me learn how to make molds and candy, how to construct bras, etc.

Talk us through the practicalities of working with edible materials. What are the pros and cons?

The biggest pro is that when you have food, people are interested. Working with materials that absorb humidity and get sticky is really challenging, but the trade off of telling people the objects are candy is really rewarding.

What do the sculptures taste like?

I work with a flavorist who develops all the flavors for me, based on feelings I want to evoke or mismatched pairings..." (For the full interview and more images, click here)

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