Amy Stevens’ confections - FOR THOSE WHO ARE FED UP WITH PERFECT FOOD STYLINGS
Good news for those housewives who are desperately imitating food bloggers and stylists: Your pathetic attempts can be called art, if you are patient enough. Just bake more and FAIL MORE!
Now listen to Amy:
The Confections series began as a response to turning 30. It was a celebration of birthdays, color, pattern and obsessive absurdity. My original idea was to bake 30 birthday cakes for myself and photograph them. I didn’t quite make it to 30 cakes in time for my thesis show, but I sure got a lot of ideas from those first cakes. I ordered a kit from marthastewart.com and watched an instructional video on decorating cakes. When I quickly discovered my cakes were never going to look like the ones in the video and the pamphlet, I decided they were better off in their exuberantly imperfect states.
Amy Stevens’ confections started out as part of a “turning 30” project: make 30 cakes to photograph for her thesis show. It wasn’t long before the artist realized that striving for iced perfection didn’t come naturally and decided to aim for exuberance instead. Stevens’ cakes are loud displays of sugar and spice and everything … well, just everything. Cake dec gone bad is a vibrant strike against the shrines to domestic living, done extravagantly, indulgently well. The selection shown here is recent; delve back into the earlier ones for less refined versions. More is more.
Artist: Amy Stevens