Save Space

In the making of this work, I confronted the Grandmother as a complex feminist figure. My feelings toward this became a space for reconciling emotions, and further, the tension of the sociopolitical underpinnings of this practice; while also queering it. I become connected to the ability in this research to build some form of community and connection through making, which harkens back to my grandma's intention in starting her business. This work, thought, expands and resists the foundations of her business due to the communities I exist within.

"Save Space," part of the culmination of these investigations, is both a play on words and an underlying effort to make room for communal reflection. With an autonomous relationship to the act of celebration, I am baking cakes for people based on personal milestones they want to celebrate-saving space for these infinite forms of communal reflection. Reiterating my Grandmother's cake baking business forged a metric for connection with the community I exist in by continuing practice of generational labor. These familial lineages can hold within this the actions of hand piping and cake baking. Additionally, allowing for an examination of the structural components of this domestic enterprise. I question what it means for commonplace internal building material—spray foam, silicone — to be used as a material with aesthetic value in and of itself, by making the two central text archives associated with the business inaccessible to me. These processes bind them in a manner that preserves the images and magazines themselves but provides visibility to the handwritten and marked labor wrapped inside the fabric. This work evaluates the relationship between structural materials and the aesthetic surface concerning domestic spaces as it becomes a vessel for both familial and business relationships.