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LOTS OF CAKE
“Lots of cake! is a discourse on family structure and how celebration can be used as a mode of escapism. As in Tzvetan Todorov’s narrative theory, the inevitable cycle of the mundane is interrupted by snippets of beauty, lifting your gaze from the endeavour to the finale and the inherent splendour within. When the candles are blown out the costumes and props are then boxed away in anticipation for the next event and the cycle continues. This project began as a chronicle of special occasions, emphasising the role that my mother plays in creating important moments, and evolved from a document into a revelation of her character and imagination.”
Curran presents us with a touching collection of family photographs - of the people, the home and of course, a certain amount of cake baking. The book itself mirrors the attention to detail in the images, with recipes inserted like note cards throughout the book.
Rather than show us the celebrations and parties that the various cakes are made for Curran is showing us the importance of the time set aside and the experience of the process of making these cakes and the importance to her of those times spent with family.
“I came to understand the purpose that celebration played in our family life. My mum used these times of joy as a sort of escapism. From planning the theme and the menu, to preparing the food and transforming our home, all were an escape which lead to an overall performance, (in the party) which then led back too the everyday again.”