If you trace back through the work of artist Chris Hoffman, the dreamy and delectable shapes of his digitally rendered Japanese cuisine seem like something of an outlier given some of the creepier, cartoon character-based work he creates. However, his 3D created works of Japanese confectionary, or wagashi, do share the same obsession with color and form that has come to shape his designs. In this series, entitled simply Wagashi, his creations elicit a range of responses from mouth-watering desire stirred by glistening, come-get-me textures to an uncomfortable, jarring caution inspired by the cracked, spiky vessels that hold the shimmering, gloopy morsels.
Chris Hoffman is a freelance 3D artist currently based in Berlin whose commercial clients include the likes of Apple, Samsung, and Lexus. Describing his motivation, his profile reads, “I love to create worlds, big or small with sound and vision. Something you can dive into, that sucks you into another reality, lets you change your perspective or simply invites you for a swim in a warm puddle of escapism.” Amen to that.
Images © Chris Hoffman