From Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s genre-bending portrait paintings of fruit-faces to the confectionary delights of Wayne Thiebaud’s still lifes, artists have long explored food as
a vehicle for the bizarre and the beautiful. Chinese-born, Russian-raised, New York City–based artist Qiaoyi Shi is one. An illustrator and printmaker influenced by an itinerant life and a love of cuisine, she invents images in which figures and foods engage in enigmatic rituals; humanoid dumplings, eggs and avocados appear dressed as synchronized swimmers with one-piece suits and swim caps. Her recent screenprints, Green Melon and Dark Melon, are emblematic.