Cake-Post Mortem

This is my first blog i have created, im unsure how it works and to be honest quite daunted with it.

I hope to understand it better so i can write about my ongoing projects and document my time here in Iceland.

My current project is making an edible sculpture/installation, to look like the Victorian, Post Mortem photographs.

i have always found it strange why people have used terms like ‘ he/shes so cute i could just eat him up’ or something similar to talk about children. When looking at this literally, one would be actively suggesting cannibalism. which is horrifying and un natural. The post-mortem photographs themselves were made to capture a loved ones deceased before burial, and were ‘made up’ for public display. In many cases the children were positioned to look alive, or in fact if they were just sleeping, not actually dead.

To consume and to reproduce are the humans are two natural instincts.
Giving birth I feel is the actual opposite to eating, in birth we produce/create through expulsion. Eating is destroying through entering the body.

I would like to combine the images of birth and death, also with sex and decay. Through allowing viewers to eat the ‘baby’ to add another link to cannibalism – although im unsure of this idea, maybe i will just allow the cake to decay naturally.
In modern society we have disconnected with the death process, often having closed caskets.

i am currently looking at Artists- Grayson Perry and Helen Chadwick. Chadwick for using food in her art, and being a woman. i feel creating this ‘cake baby’ could be symbolic with the fact i am a woman.

Grayson Perry looks at Charms and Rituals in his 1996 exhibition ‘Charms of Lincolnshire’ in which he created a child in a coffin, not dissimilar to mine, from clay, to explore how different cultures deal with death. i would like to include this in the piece.

i am fond of baking, and have a morbid fascination with death-so in these 2 interests of mine i would like to create something to provoke and question how we  as a westernised society deal with death.



 Excerpt from a blog- analysing the Political Narritive in the film ‘The Cook, The Wife, The Thief, The Lover’

 “(It is easily as savage as Swift’s “modest proposal” that if the Irish were starving and over crowded, they could solve both problems by eating their babies.)” – see link for full context.


Here is a Photo of Carrie Nyes Head from the film Creepshow, which has been make into a Fathers day cake. i think this is a great image, and very good reference to my project!

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