Photo by Gabriel Bunch
ROSE MCADOO is a visual artist using cake as her medium for raising awareness around global issues. Her unique edible art centers around human stories and the environment, leading her to make cakes with remote populations in some of the world's most extreme environments.
Throughout her New York career at Nine Cakes, Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, and Mast Brothers Chocolate, Rose's work was layered between journeys abroad: cooking sweets in the desert with Kenya’s Maasai tribe, alongside Congolese porters on Virunga's volcano summit, on glaciers across Alaska, with scientists in Antarctica, and behind bars at Los Angeles County State Prison and NYC's Rikers Correctional Facility.
Calling both poles home, Rose splits her time between Alaska and Antarctica. She's worked nearly 500 days at McMurdo Station — as the sous chef for NASA's Long Duration Balloon atmospheric research camp, a hazardous waste technician during the long dark covid winter, and as a member of the winter Search and Rescue team. At the Anchorage Museum, she processed soundscape ecology recordings from across the circumpolar north, and in August 2021, Rose completed a 10-day art residency in the field with Mauri and Jill Pelto at the North Cascades Glacier Climate Project. She currently works as a lead ice climbing and helicopter glacier guide in Seward, Alaska.
Rose's work has won the attention of NPR, Forbes, Saveur, Food Network, the American Geophysical Union, the American Polar Society, the Justice Arts Coalition, Art21, the New Museum, the Mystic Seaport Museum, and New York Magazine. She was the cover artist for the Polar Times, a keynote speaker for multiple NYC World Refugee Days, and a gold medalist at the New York Cake Show.
Rose welcomes collaborations, speaking engagements, museum installations, and custom work - exploring the limitless potential of desserts to share powerful stories.
View her CV here + say hello at firstname.lastname@example.org