We’ve all heard the classic breakup lines such “It’s not you, it’s me” or “I’m just not looking for a relationship right now.” Artist Isabella Giancarlo is the creator of the bittersweet series “Eat Your Heart Out,” a collection of baked goods depicting these classic yet cliché break-up lines we all hear too often.
The artist’s Instagram has picked up quite the following and is continuously updated with new treats and phrases (I highly recommend following). She brings a fun spin to those haunting and painful few words we’ve all heard at some point.
These relatable bittersweet photos make you smile and grimace. When asked what inspired her to start this series, Giancarlo responded, “For me, a loss of appetite typically accompanies the end of a relationship. This is always particularly distressing, as I love to cook. After a break-up last spring, seven words sat me that I couldn’t shake. I thought about ways to reclaim that phrase… how could I sweeten words that initially took my appetite away?” Obviously by making it into cakes.
Her words are relatable to any young person activity participating in today’s dating scene: “You don’t need to understand the intricacies of a relationship to feel the weight of those final words.” I liked the fact that desserts suggested, “Go ahead. Gorge. Engage with the uncomfortable, sticky feelings of a broken heart that are so often dismissed as self-indulgent. Devour and reclaim the words that caused you pain.”
Giancarlo continues the series through quotes of her own and those of friends and submissions (Go ahead get your anger out, submit that one that still haunts you).
Giancarlo just wrapped up her first group show in New York and is currently collaborating with the Museum of Broken Relationships. The show will be opening in LA in May. She hopes to continue to create her baked goods with the help of, as well as take the collection to more galleries.
Eat your heart out.