For Masayo Funakoshi, being a chef is an art and food her ideal medium.

“Food is my way of expression,” she says. “People not only see it, but they can eat it. They can feel with all five senses. People feel the moment, time and space where they are, and food is the most important element to experience it. You see and understand everything about where you are then eat it and then it is who you are.”

But it wasn’t until Funakoshi moved to New York City to study sculpture at the Pratt Institute that she began to blend food with art, such as an installation of lightbulbs inside sausage casings and 120 sculptures made using vintage coppertone jello molds.