I Want to be the Girl with the Most Cake

I Want to be the Girl with the Most Cake by Candystore

Presented with the Trust for Governors Island

May 4, 2019

Admiral's House, Governors Island

I Want to be the Girl with the Most Cake is an interactive and performative take on the bardic tradition of storytelling. Before writing, the ancient bards—such as Homer—committed their epic poems to memory and sung them with music to an audience. Candystore will reinterpret this tradition by recalling various memories that incite poetic frictions, lapses in memory, and humorous realizations in the form of an original monologue. I Want to be the Girl with the Most Cake ravels together a haphazard and intimate story of sexual miscalculations, near-death experiences, self-discovery, and getting lost.

Candystore is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, and performer from San Jose, CA. She-he is a 2018-2019 Queer | Art fellow and 2018 -2019 resident with Shandaken: Governor's Island. During shimmer residency with Shandaken, Candystore has completed a new multimedia book-length project based on Homer’s Odyssey, titled There is No Ithaca. This manuscript captures the proclivities and provocations of gay hook up culture in the Deep South and on the internet. Candystore’s writing and art have been published in Paper Magazine, Precog, Riot of Perfume, Phile Magazine, RFD, Mesmer, Hand Job Zine, and others. She-he has performed around New York City at MoMA Ps1, Club Cumming, The AC Institute, LaMama Galleria, Dixon Place, Picasso Machinery, Secret Project Robot, and every time she-he uses a public restroom. Candystore lives in a pink room.

First photograph below by Jonathan Grassi