Cakeland Sculptures by Scott Hove

Self-taught Oakland based artist, Scott Hove, mixes his life-long interest in artificial food with his obsessions with the beautiful and brutal to create fantasy-like sculptural installations he calls, Cakeland. As he puts it: ‘All beautiful things are equipped with a defense mechanism’. Hove uses ‘fake cake’ as a medium.

It represents indulgence and celebration but also propels Hove’s idea that: ‘We are willing to tolerate the idea of something artificial to represent what we desire’. The sculptures are actually constructed out of a carvable polyurethane sculpting foam, shaped with Japanese woodcarving knives and rasps. They are then frosted and decorated with a variety of thickened acrylic gels, using traditional cake decorator tools and pastry bags. An assortment of mirrors, switchblades, taxidermy jaws and pills add the finishing touch of terrifying elegance.

About the author

Tulsa was born on the northern beaches of Sydney but was raised by nomadic, creative parents in Oklahoma, California and Hiroshima. She now lives in France. A grand-daughter of the late best-selling novelist, Morris West, she has been featured as an actress in the short film, Hide and Seek, directed by Fiona McGee and produced by Ruby Smallbone, and was once the face of Milk & Honey’s Designed By Ruby Rose collection.