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Pepper Cake

Contributed by Ilka Gilvesy on May 1st, 2024. Artwork published in
circa 2023
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Pepper Cake 1
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Pepper Cake is a book that catalogues where and how thoughts emerge by creating a visual composition containing “stolen” sentences and images which leap from source to source, discussing the nature of existence.

It contains a composition of stolen words and “cursed images” that make more sense than you’d think. The composition is designed to provide insight into the structures of how our media diets shape our perceptions of reality; and how we may end up unintentionally reproducing what we consume.

If reality is constructed, then it is important to ask who is doing the construction and how it affects those who aren’t participating in it.

The book uses a unique structure of communication: (1) using three typefaces to indicate a change in source, when there is a switch from one typeface to the next. (2) The book is a conversation between a man in purple and a woman in orange. The man and the woman are designated to the left and right side of each layout.

Pepper Cake was made as a graduation project at the Royal College of Art (RCA), and printed and bound at the London Centre for Book Arts. For the sake of the environment, a Risograph was used. Riso is one of the most environmentally friendly printing methods. Pepper Cake contains over 100 pages, and there is only a limited run of 12 signed copies available.

Pepper Cake 2
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Pepper Cake 3
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Pepper Cake 4
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The characters in the book decide to inject an aspect of one another. The inserts were designed to resemble LSD tabs. These were individually attached to the pages in the book, such that they may be removed. The tabs are also glued into the palms and tongues of the characters.
Source: ilkagilvesy.com Ilka Gilvesy. License: All Rights Reserved.

The characters in the book decide to inject an aspect of one another. The inserts were designed to resemble LSD tabs. These were individually attached to the pages in the book, such that they may be removed. The tabs are also glued into the palms and tongues of the characters.

Pepper Cake 6
Source: ilkagilvesy.com Ilka Gilvesy. License: All Rights Reserved.
Pepper Cake 7
Source: ilkagilvesy.com Ilka Gilvesy. License: All Rights Reserved.
Pepper Cake 8
Source: ilkagilvesy.com Ilka Gilvesy. License: All Rights Reserved.

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