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The Confections series began as a response to turning thirty. My original idea was to bake 30 birthday cakes for myself and photograph them. I ordered a kit from marthastewart.com and watched an instructional video on decorating cakes. When I quickly discovered my cakes were never going to look like the ones in the video and the pamphlet, I decided they were better off in their exuberantly imperfect states. Cakes are the centerpieces of celebrations and symbolic trophies evoking nostalgia and awe. In the constructions of these images, I am commentating not only on cake as a rich cultural symbol, but of the idealism of the contemporary lifestyle. It's a fantasy world where entertaining, cooking and decorating unite. It's a place where one needs to have a beautiful home, decorated seasonally, in order to entertain friends with gourmet meals and elaborately concocted desserts. With the exception of found antiques and fabrics, everything in these images is handmade. Although the cakes are edible, I don't eat them, otherwise I would need much bigger pants.
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Amy Stevens grew up in the American Southwest. Stevens has participated in group and solo shows in Seattle, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto and Ireland. Stevens has notably exhibited her work in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Photo LA, Photographic Center Northwest, Philadelphia International Airport, Maryland Art Place, Griffin Museum of Photography and The Center for Photography at Woodstock. In the summer of 2010, Stevens was a paid Artist in Residence in the Art@Work program, where she worked in a bakery in Roscommon, Ireland. In the fall of 2010, Amy had a solo show in Philadelphia at Fleisher Art Memorial as part of the Fleisher Wind Challenge 2010 and was selected as one of the winners of Hey, Hot Shot!, with an exhibition at Jen Bekman in early 2011. She currently lives in Philly; with her three tabbies, boyfriend and a corgi named Talula—where she teaches photography part time at Temple University.