Artist Sarah Rosada’s cornflake portraits prove playing with your food is a valuable pastime

Remember when your parents told you not to play with your food? Well, thanks to New York City-based artist Sarah Rosada's cornflake portraits, that old adage no longer has any merit. This self-taught artist has made a profession out of playing with food, by converting cornflakes into portraits of famous musicians and photographing them from above. Just think of the artistic potential breakfast now holds! Taking inspiration from Rosada’s cornflake creations, Kara Walker’s sugar sculptures, and latté art, your kitchen counter could become a veritable exhibition space each morning. Now that’s a breakfast worth waking up for.

To date, Rosada has made 20 cornflake portraits, including depictions of Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, John Lennon, Elvis, Slash, Kanye, and Lady Gaga. Don’t worry, the King of Pop wasn;' excluded. There are two portraits dedicated to Michael Jackson: one of him frozen in a classic crotch-grabbing dance move, and a second of his highly unique visage.

The idea appeared over breakfast one morning, while listening to a radio station playing golden oldies and R&B, she told Yahoo. Apparently, the phrase “Because music has never tasted so good” popped into her head, and so her Celebrity Cereal Art was born. Rosada explained that it takes about five hours to complete each portrait. After drawing a pencil sketch of the musician’s face, she crushes the cornflakes into pieces of various sizes and arranges them around the drawing. She then shapes the eyes, nose, and mouth using a pin. The resulting portraits are well worth the labor.

If you find food art particularly tantalizing, you should also check out the incredible creations of Oregon-based artist Brittany Powell. Using everyday sandwich toppings and sliced bread, Powell playfully recreates the prized artworks of iconic artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Sol LeWitt.

This will teach you to think twice before dismissing cornflakes and white bread as the most boring items in the cereal aisle.

Images: Courtesy of Sarah Rosada /