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Graters gonna grate, but a food sculptor may have upstaged Beyoncé with a cheesy rendition of the internet-breaking photograph she recently shared to announce her pregnancy. Literally: David Bradley, also known as the Curious Confectioner, teamed with creative company The Robin Collective to make a sculptural version of the singer out of 45 pounds of cheese, done ahead of a cheese carving championship at a London cheese and wine festival this weekend. (No, I’m not poutine you on, cheese sculpture is a widespread artistic practice.) The team named it Brie-oncé, of course — although that is fake news, as the sculpture is actually made of five blocks of cheddar, according to CNN.
In queso you forgot, halloumi to recap: this is a fromage homage to Awol Erizku’s portrait of Beyoncé as a sort of Renaissance Madonna, in which she’s veiled, backed by flowers, and touching her very prominent bump. Bradley’s sharp sculpture is edam gouda rendition, although Cheese Bey doesn’t look nearly as confident, with an air of slight Swiss-picion.
This sculpture could also have been way feta if the collective had stuck with one of its original ideas. As its creative director Brandy Klingelpuss told CNN, “We talked about putting Babybel in the stomach, but it never actually happened.” What meunsters.
As of press time, neither the real Beyoncé nor Erizku have provided comment on whether or not they’re fondue of this remake.