I wanted to know if I could replicate Bobby Baker’s moment of self-validation when she made a baseball boot cake in 1972 and I wanted to know if I could replicate Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ moment of self-validation when she wrote a Manifesto for Maintenance Art in 1969. I wanted to see if I could make my Maintenance into my Development. This boot cake was that question.

fallback is a standing down, a reversion to another state. It’s not a yielding, it’s a refusal. The refusal creates a void. The void is replete but we begin to fill it.

 

Jane Austen Boot Cake. Now frozen.