Desserts are fundamentally unnecessary — frivolous and incapable of sustaining us. Shouldn't our attention should be focused on more important things? Unfortunately, these same arguments are made about public lands, incarcerated people, immigrants, and scientific research. But what if we use frivolity to change the conversation? What if we utilize cake, something globally trusted and widely loved, to introduce new information?
As an artist, I use desserts to help change makers communicate global issues. By partnering with large institutions — correctional facilities, museums, NGOs, and art establishments — I craft edible creations that make challenging topics accessible to diverse audiences. When focusing on scientific data, we tangibly consume the invisible. When individuals decorate their own stories, we sugarcoat challenging perspectives and fold more humanity into our planet.
I work on-site in the Antarctic and sub-Arctic regions and collaborate with those on the ground to transform diverse stories and information onto the surfaces of cakes and into the wrinkles of candies.
This dessert journalism allows me to explore first-hand how to sculpt a world that I believe in.
Instead of traditional wedding cakes, I shift the focus of who and what we celebrate.
I redirect that joy and attention to:
1) the people protecting our public lands,
2) the people living at the edges of our society, and
3) the people doing the work to become further engaged, further educated, and further connected to our world.