At first glance, artist Shilpa Mitha's delectable food-inspired works could fool you for the real deal. But take a second look, and you'll notice these adorable miniatures are actually intricate works of art.
The pieces, made from dry clay, feature a wide range of foods from all different cultures: a burger and fries, chicken curry, pizza, pineapple upside down cake, and beyond.
With each piece comes an incredible amount of detail, color, and design perfectly fitting atop Mitha's fingertips.
Mitha tells A Plus in an email that her miniature food work started with a pair of personal burger earrings.
"I never imagined what that would lead to in the future," she says.
Mitha says she started the miniature works by focusing on typical, famous foods from her city in India, which is filled with plenty of different cuisines for inspiration.
"I started off with the most common / famous foods from my city. Living in India, we're exposed to many different types of cuisines so there's much to choose from. I look for the textures and the colors and sometimes the way they can be plated up as well. Over the last one month I've been trying to replicate the dishes from Masterchef Australia. It's quite challenging!"
But Mitha wasn't always in pursuit of an art career.
"I am an engineering graduate and I was working as a sound engineer when I started working with clay as a hobby," she explains.
"I had always loved art but I never really thought of making a career out of it. But it has been such an amazing unexpected journey! I've learnt so much about patience, perseverance, and hard work. And that's the reason I can call myself an artist today."
"Social media is such an amazing medium to connect with people all over the world," she says. "It's nice to reach out to more people than just our usual friends [and] family circles. We learn so much, we get different kinds of feedback, and it's definitely great when people react in a positive way to our creations."