Make Your Cake and Eat It Too (2016)

∆04 White Earthenware

During a spontaneous, in-studio performance at Langara College, Emily May took a lustful bite of this cake in front of her peers and then spat it out.

Upon first glance at this piece, there are conflicting feelings of desire and disgust. One cake represents proper etiquette and the other breaks the social norm. Offers a slice of cake to her viewer and then follows that gesture by taking a bite from the cake. She challenges people's sense of belonging and taking more than they were offered. With viewer interaction, this piece highlights attitudes towards consent and implied belonging. If the cake belonged to May and she chose to eat the majority of it, should she feel the need to share it? And should one be offended if one choses to offer a little bit but keep the majority to themselves?