Montreal-based artist Shelley Miller has found a new use for sugar, and it’s got nothing to do with dessert. Using a technique quite similar to the way decorative icing is piped onto a cake, Miller replicated ancient mosaics, historical Portuguese tiles, and decorative street art?all in a water-soluble medium. Beyond the novelty of being edible street art, the imagery in Miller’s work?which has been installed in Brazil, among other former sugar-hubs?is a direct reference to the once-booming sugar industry and the slave trade that fueled it.

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