Cake Holes

Exploring the strange underbelly of food and eroticism - London, October 2016

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Cake Holes - London, October 2016

This is a project exploring the strange underbelly of food and eroticism. When we first set up Bompas & Parr as a company, one of the first calls we got was an inquiry about wether we catered for splosh parties. Innocently we looked online to see what this might involve - to find a seamy scene were folks get turned on by sitting in puddles of baked beans. This exchange provided the inspiration for a series of photos of people sitting on cakes, in collaboration with fashion photographer Jo Duck. The photos are paired with a sensual and luxurious film by Bompas & Parr, both are alarming but intriguing. Each participant chose their own dessert to sit on then filled out a detailed questionnaire ranging from more mundane questions about the favourite dishes to how they would solve the greatest challenges to humanity today.

Scroll down to see the compete photo series and film.

Photography by Jo Duck. Film by Bompas & Parr.

What are the everyday pleasures that you can’t live without?

White bed linen. Red lipstick. Black coffee.

If you could do one thing to change the status quo, what would it be, and why?

I would create adult only play parks because we all deserve to have fun in a play park.

What’s the best thing you can bake, and why is it so good?

I come from a big Italian/Australian family so I make awesome meatballs, lasagne and
eggplant Parma.Also a really good flourless chocolate cake.

What was the most memorable cake of your life?

My mom made me an exact replica of a New Mexico cactus cake. In a flower pot the ‘’soil’’ was crumbled Oreo cookies.The cake was balls of dough cooked and sculped together to make the 3D plant shape olive green icing for the colouring and spikes made out of frozen thin lines of white icing. Also small icing flowers. My sister the same year got an exact mini replica of an amusement park with tiny rollercoaster, people and stands.We still talk about it to this day.

What are the everyday pleasures that you can’t live without?

Good food, a wank, marking art

When was the last time you were pleasantly surprised, and how?

My parents sent me some white balsamic vinegar as a surprise which was very sweet and spontaneous.

Any other comments?
Thanks for my great jelly booty picture!

If you could do one thing to change the status quo, what would it be, and why?

I tried for 15 years to do just that and failed. Politics is not filled with the cynical or
the self-interested but it is full of difficulties.

What do you consider humankind’s greatest achievement, and why?

Inventing the wheel.

What do you consider your greatest achievement, and why?

Working in mental health advocacy and giving people a voice when they are not
normally listened to.

What do you consider your greatest achievement, and why?

Moving to London... ‘Cause I discovered a new me!