Denise Tassin's Unique Necco Wafers
Some folks like to eat Necco wafers, but Baltimore-based artist Denise Tassin enjoys drawing on them. In a new solo show at San Francisco's Zinc Details gallery, Tassin utilizes an assortment of pens — including fine-tipped Sharpies — to create miniature drawings on Necco wafers. Her drawings have currently taken a scientific route and include carefully detailed inkings similar to those found in biology books. Who would have thought that candy and fetal pig respiratory systems go hand in hand? If that's too odd for your tastes, she also has a series of Christmas related items featuring dolls and Santas, as well as a series of individually re-sealed wafers featuring random sketches.
For those of you who haven't had the joy in experiencing their chalky sweetness, Necco wafers are thin sugar wafers made by the New England Confectionary Company — hence the name Necco. They come in eight flavors and colors and make for an interesting art medium. In fact Tassin likes them so much, she has even been known to carry a pen and pack of Necco wafers with her wherever she goes. "t's like having a little studio in your pocket."
If you're in the San Francisco area, you'll be able to see her wafers up close and personal at Zinc Details from September 9 to October 31.
However, if you can't make it to the show, be sure to check out more of her artwork after the jump, just read more