Artist duo Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen have worked together since 2006 as a permanent experimental art collaboration, Cake Industries. Their eclectic practice utilises mechatronics, robotics, carpentry, 3D printing, and reworked everyday objects to create anthropomorphic and autonomous sculptural works that embody anachronistic futurism.

Cake Industries

Cake Industries' project

Over three months, Jesse and Dean will explore and experiment with new materials and methods that can be used in their future projects. They will experiment with using resins and platinum-based silicon to make casts and reusable moulds and they will explore the use of pneumatics (compressed air systems). In addition, the team will expand their skills in creating video collages and audio pieces and will explore methods for merging these elements with the physical objects they create.

What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you? 
It means a huge amount to us. As full-time artists we must constantly be developing, creating, and thinking within a timeline towards completing a project for showing. Because of the nature of the materials we use, we don’t have the ability to afford financially the materials and the time to tinker with experimental ideas much as they may not come to fruition. The Creators Fund grant allows us to take many more risks over a concentrated full time 3-month period, allowing us to extend our practice to the next level.

How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional? 
Time is something we often don’t have. To have free, experimental time is often to not have income, so the balance is difficult to maintain. Time is something almost all artists struggle to maintain, especially when it’s your full-time career.

What's the first thing you did when you found out you were awarded a Creator's Fund grant? 
We definitely celebrated. We remember jumping around the studio with loud music on loudly discussing all of the things we’ll do with waves of elation washing over us. This grant is our dream, and one which we’re enormously lucky enough to have been awarded.

What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead? 
More than anything, time to explore tangents and possibilities with materials and concepts. We look forward to waking up every day and doing exactly what we wish we could do all the time: free form experimentation and creating, with a huge collection of weird and wonderful materials.

Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?
We would love to see ourselves with a whole suite of partially built ideas and objects. With a whole new world of works ready to be made and planned out, and more than anything, ready to hit the ground running. We also see our career growing as we will have a range of new skills to build works we haven’t previously been capable of realising and see this affording us many new opportunities.