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Spectacular Spice Art

For many people, spices are used solely to flavor dishes in the kitchen but for photographer Kelly McCollam, her pantry proved to be the inspiration for her remarkable spice art. She’s recreated famous works of art, such as Van Gogh’s “Starry, Starry Night,” using an assortment of colorful spices. While a lot of her artwork is created used salt and food coloring, she’s also used ground mustard for yellow, poppy seeds for purple, lemon power for white and cayenne for orange.

Kelly, who graduated from Ball State University’s art school with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with a specialization in photography, first created spice art for her senior thesis project in college.

It started out as a project in one of my photography classes. A project to teach photography as a means of preservation. Once my landscapes are created and photographed, they are swept away, leaving them to only exist as photographs.”

"Mulberry Tree" is a great example of spice art with depth.

“Mulberry Tree” is a great example of spice art with depth.

"Arles with Irises" has a great array of colors.

“Arles with Irises” has a great array of colors.

I am proud of every piece, but some of my favorites include my rendition of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry, Starry Night,’ my ‘Spicy Night.’ It is one I was hesitant to take on because it is so recognizable, but it is one of my most popular to date.”

Kelly's spice recreation of Van Gogh's "Starry, Starry Night,"entitled "Spicy Night."

Kelly’s spice recreation of Van Gogh’s “Starry, Starry Night,”entitled “Spicy Night.”


"Spicy Sunflowers" is from Kelly's "Spice of Life" collection.

“Spicy Sunflowers” is from Kelly’s “Spice of Life” collection.


"Crashing Waves" spice art captures the waves crashing against the rocks.

“Crashing Waves” spice art captures the waves crashing against the rocks.


"Desert Moon" paints a beautiful scene.

“Desert Moon” paints a beautiful scene.

Kelly’s prints of her spice art is available for sale on her website.

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One Response to Spectacular Spice Art

  1. Nandita November 5, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    Nita, thanx a ton for this post. This spice art is soooo amaizing. Though around 30 years ago I saw this first time when my elder sister used different colorful pulses as a medium of her art.

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