Kronenwald was raised in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. He graduated
from Queen’s University in Kingston with a Bachelor of Fine
Arts. Currently, he lives in Toronto and makes portraits out of
chewed bubblegum called Gum Blondes. The first Gum Blonde was completed
in 1996 (last image).
Gum Blonde is 100% chewed bubblegum on a plywood backing. No paint
or dye is used. The colour is inherent to the gum—the mixing
of colour takes place inside the mouth during chewing using an endless
variety of companies. Kronenwald has a dedicated team of chewers
and prefers the texture of Trident. However, he does not chew gum
himself unless he must.