Monday, October 3, 2011

406 Green Shadow: "Shadow Shadow" [SOLD]

Shadow Cake & DJ Shadow by Kamilah Gill
"Shadow Shadow", oil on canvas, 18x24". SOLD.

This painting is about the word "shadow". For this piece, I did several things related to the word. Using Google's Recipes search filter, I found a recipe for chocolate shadow cake. I prepared it from scratch (cake, frosting, and glaze). After photographing it to use as a reference for the piece, I ate the cake. It tasted pretty good. The icing was a little bit fluffy and marshmallowy, but the cake was nice and moist.

chocolate shadow cake made from scratch
for this piece
While I was making the cake, I recorded my kitchen sounds and descriptions of how to make the cake. Then I added two songs by DJ Shadow to play in the background of the recording. I uploaded the result to SoundCloud. You can listen to the recording from the embedded file at the top of this blog post. (If that's not working for some reason, visit the link here.) While I was painting, I listened to the DJ Shadow station on Pandora.

The other half of the painting depicts the case for our copy of the PlayStation 2 game Shadow of the Colossus, including the GameStop sales label. I played the game. So far I've defeated the first two of over a dozen colossi. It's an interesting game.

The painting and the SoundCloud recording are records of my experiences related to the word "shadow". I can't keep the cake forever, the video game has to be turned off and put away, but the painting will remain visible. Perhaps it will inspire others to play the game and bake the cake.


  1. That cake looks delicious! Love your oil paintings!

    Am so sorry I havn't been in contact; when we were emailing the London Riots had just started and I was whisked away to report with the Sky News team; hope you're well!

  2. Thanks, Charlotte. I kind of wondered what had happened to you. I'm fine. Glad to hear that you're alright, too.