Cupcakes have been imported to Argentina largely symbolizing a chic delicacy of North American culinary culture. These baked goods represent a sort of rococo excess, being icons of femininity, cuteness, pomposity and superficiality. For this piece, I baked 100% edible cupcakes and displayed them following a gradient of color. The audience is encouraged to interact with the piece as consumers: choosing, grabbing and eating any of the cupcakes.
Above the baked array, a video displays an enlarged cupcake going through several misfortunes. The glitches of adversities expose hidden stories about the ingredients used to create the pastries. The presence of the fruit stickers implies an act of negligence or transgression in the act of cooking. Yet, these stickers contain significant information about the fruits' origins suggesting bitter information that we largely obliterate from our daily consumptions.
“Mɛˈstiːzəːheɪ” refers to the anglicized phonetics of the Latin word mestizaje, which etymologically means “belonging to mixture” and has been historically associated with the Spanish colonial caste system. In the 20th century, the concept of mestizaje has been re-appropriated to represent Latin American mixed identity, connecting cultural, ideological and biological aspects of this mixture. The combination of the cupcakes with uncanny materials and actions speaks about unadvertised problematics around food production and consumption, drawing parallels with exposed or hidden stories that constitute our own mixed identities.