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nine fake cakes floating in nine bodies of water by jacinda russell
aug 27, 2012
nine fake cakes floating in nine bodies of water by jacinda russell


‘galt house hotel, louisville, kentucky: 9 may 2010′ from ‘nine fake cakes and nine bodies of water’ by jacinda russell
archival inkjet print
30" x 20"

all images courtesy the artist

american artist jacinda russell developed a sculptural and photographic series investigating the themes of beauty, escapism and desire in the form
of styrofoam cakes pictured floating in clear bodies of water found all over north america. each of the single-level and tiered cakes were tinted with
acrylic and decorated with waterproof caulk and placed near lakes, rivers, pools and sea. she traveled across the continent search of pristine water upon
which her false-food sculptures would float. russell says she returned from building her project with what she saw as ‘a product that commented
on the illusion of what is fake and what
is real, what is happy and what is sad, and what is desirous but
unattainable…
cakes, both real and fake,
appeared to make people happy and I wondered, most simply, if they could make me happy too
‘.


‘scott and kim anderson’s backyard, hartford city, indiana: 18 june 2010′
archival inkjet print
30" x 20"

‘two of the most desirous objects in 20th century art are wayne
thiebaud’s thickly textured paintings of desserts and ed ruscha’s
photographs of
azure swimming pools. they were my biggest inspirations
as I sought ways of combining them, creating a mixed media spectacle of
performance art,
sculpture, and photography. ed ruscha is a frequent
reference in my artwork and the number nine was chosen in homage to his
famous series nine
swimming pools and a broken glass but I expanded the
locations to include not just artificial pools of water but natural
springs, the ocean,
freshwater lakes, and rivers.’ -
jacinda russell


‘sooke potholes park, vancouver island, british columbia, canada: 16 july 2010′
archival inkjet print
20" x 30"

I didn’t stray too far from the concept of object as self-portrait. the
slice depicts the part of me I left home in the pacific northwest (as
photographed
in the canadian southwest) when I moved to indiana. the
desert sun captures one of the happiest times in my life in one of my
favorite places (tucson, arizona)
while the 3-tier photographed at
niagara falls acknowledges one of the saddest. the cake deemed little
great lakes, the smallest of them all, shows an
underlying determinism
and hope as it bravely faces the incoming waves, only to be toppled over
time and time again…
-jacinda russell


the set of cakes


(top left to bottom left clockwise) ‘lake superior: miners beach, pictured rocks national lakeshore, michigan: 12 august 2010′, archival inkjet print, 20" x 30"
‘lake erie: evangola state park, new york: 29 june 2010′, archival inkjet print, 30" x 20"
‘barton springs, austin, texas: 13 june 2010′, archival inkjet print, 20" x 30" 

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