Image: The Dirty Dozen
(Akron, Ohio, 1967 - )

The Dirty Dozen , 2010

Low fire clay, glaze, lustre, wood and Lucite
32 in. x 23 in. x 23 in. (81.28 cm x 58.42 cm x 58.42 cm)
Gift of the artist in honor of Mitchell D. Kahan
2012.102a-n
Cliffel’s outsized chocolate-frosted pink cupcakes beckon us, promising delicious taste and the opportunity to indulge ourselves. Only on closer examination are we confronted by the questions outlined in icing such as What Was I Thinking? and  Can I Get a Do-Over?  These are pointed questions the artist asks herself.  The Dirty Dozen is the culmination of a series of ceramic baked goods that Cliffel created as she directed her energies to making the best cupcakes and clay sculptures, while also seeking to be an outstanding wife, mother and artist. Cliffel, an accomplished baker, applies the wet clay to the sculptures’ surfaces using real pastry tubes.  The provocative text, which reappears in many of her recent works, is used for the first time on this sculpture.  

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