The Day of the Twenty Four Cakes

2005

The Day of the Twenty-Four Cakes is a twenty-four hour, multi-screen video installation based on a short story idea by Sylvia Plath. In Plath’s draft the central female character is frustrated by her domestic entrapment to the point of polarised choices: she contemplates either leaving her husband and children, or killing herself. Instead, the narrative has her choose a third way: she stays and bakes.

The artist enacts the story baking morning noon and night: sifting, mixing and icing her way through twenty-four different cakes. Shot in real time with no edits it is a test of endurance that illustrates the dichotomy felt by many women between a desire to ‘make home’ and their own creative and intellectual work.