Roman and Shogo's Project

Artist statement

Roman Butera and Grant Hayashi

            During the project, we interviewed Ysabel Aoun. Ysabel Auon is currently a chef at the Fessenden School. She formally owned a restaurant in Newton Center called Elena’s Kitchen. Cooking has been a major part of her life for a very long time. When she was young she would often help her mother cook, and this is when she first learned the basics of cooking. When she was in college she would bake and sell goods to her peers. Finally, some years ago she owned her own restaurant. Now, she is a chef at the Fessenden school. We have the goal to represent that progression in her life through layers of a cake. The cake will be made of laser-cut wood, paper, and cardboard. Each layer would have something different to represent a time in her life regarding baking. On the outside of the cake, there would be Venezuelan flags to show a part of who she is on the exterior. On the inside, there would be either a laser cut or a drawn image to represent her life progression to show who she is on the inside.

Ysabel Layers of Life

Grant Hayashi and Roman Butera

Layers of My Life


Our project idea is to make a decorative cake that shows the different parts of Ysabel Auon's life. The attached files are the other sketches we are not doing.