On the occasion of her exhibition at Versailles, Joana Vasconcelos shows one her works in the small garden of the French Delegation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Colourful, joyous, and seductive, Petit Gâteau presents itself in the shape of a huge cupcake put together through the repetition of different rows of plastic moulds commonly used to play at the beach. From a distance, the oversized scale and colourfulness capture the immediate attention of the public, and the unexpected scale emerges as an invitation to enter a world of illusion and fantasy. When approaching it, the viewer recognizes the beach toys that compose the enormous cupcake, revealing the consequent hollowness of the objects.
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