NYC photographer Dustin Wayne Harris currently has a show up at Heist gallery entitled, 'Cake Mixx'. Harris' art concept uses the practice of cake decorating (the foremost interest of CAKES! CAKES! CAKES!) as a means of evaluation for romantic relationships.
"A few years ago, my girlfriend at the time insisted upon baking me a cake for my birthday. I begged her not to, but she (and the cake) arrived at my house wrapped in Saran Wrap, a little worse for wear. Since I had no intention of eating it, I did the next best thing: I took a picture of it. The relationship eventually sagged – like the cake. But I learned something valuable. Whereas some people consult astrologers, read Tarot cards, or tea leafs to predict the future, cakes tell it all.
The process is simple. After a first date with someone, I ask her to bake me a cake. I give no direction, but the way the cake looks never fails to become a metaphor for the relationship. Take Chloe for example (see below): You can see from her first cake, the relationship had great promise. The second cake tells you that it ended badly.
I am convinced I have stumbled on a valuable tool in the arsenal of psychoanalysis: cake reading."
Personally, I think life's a bit more fun if you mix it up with Chinese zodiac (those restaurant paper place mats), a little bit of dream analysis... and now, I'm gonna make my boyfriend bake me a cake!
I love Harris' photo series. Check it out.