The “Knead” to Create – Examining Baking As an Art Form

The artist’s hands knead the mixture until the tactile surface meets approval. Tools are employed to aid this process, some supple and flexible others of dense metal or wood.

Documented are the portions of powders, liquids and binding agents, commonly referred to as a recipe. Randomly applied are the adjustments in technique that account for variables in the temperature, humidity and material quality. Thoroughly engaged in this step of the operation, success is contingent upon this artist’s hands and their masterful movement. Only with precise viscosity can this preparation move on.

Once in a mold-able state, a metal template rectangle in shape is used as a form for the base. The heating station is engaged and the piece is carefully inserted, firing the assemblage and activating its phase transition. Upon removal, a lemon-based gelatin coating is circulated across the now solid substructure. The originator of this technique is undetermined, but estimations trace it within the discovery of fire making and the generation of heat.

Accordingly, the discovery that grasses and their seeds could be prepared for nourishment, naturally en-kindled experimentation with them and temperature. The marrying of heat and grain produced a byproduct of broth. This stock was roasted on embers and astonishingly the first unsoured flat bread was created, as well as the art of baking. Preparation of stable food radically changed the eating habits and lifestyle of our early ancestors, transcending us from hunters to became settlers, more specifically bakers.

Art is the awakening and connection with our senses. Visual observation is most commonly associated with a museum tour or art gallery. Often we are compelled to try and touch the pieces exhibited, seeking to satisfy yet another of our senses. Musical arts, recitals and concerts are inspired by our thirst for audible stimulation.

Ironically if our vision is impaired at such an event, an obstacle blocking the view of the performers, most in attendance would demand a refund. Performing artists intuitively understand this duplicity, creating tear evoking Operas, graceful and elegant ballets and a full spectrum of plays, whether musical, comedic or dramatic.

These sensory feasts masterfully energize our ability to see and hear simultaneously. What area of the arts appeals to our sense of smell, taste, touch and sight collectively?