Lil Cahill is based in Hertfordshire. Cahill explores the latent energy held within food, making visible and palpable an excess that is often silenced or not seen.
Let Them Eat Cake! demonstrates the artist’s ‘perverse fascination with foodstuffs and the absurd, grotesque way in which they are advertised and then normalised.’ Through a vocabulary of pictures and symbols – hooves akimbo to macaroni cheese – Cahill explores the formation of taste, value and excess. The idea of carbohydrate as a staple, whether pasta or cake, is suggested as both glamorous and vulgar: an indulgence of late capitalist excess. Through interrogating the ways in which media and advertising influence and socialise us, the artist achieves a kaleidoscopic effect of blurred euphoria. In Cahill’s words: ‘a pizza advert dripping with cheese can perform as erotically as pornography or as elegantly and elaborately as an arabesque in ballet.’