|Alison Ward reinterprets herself as a birthday girl, decked out in a rococo-aesthetic dress and wig, who, à la Tom Jones, indulges in a sensual feast of 30 birthday cupcakes. But as she eats — . . . 15, 16, 17, . . . 25 — she becomes nauseated and can hardly go on. By the time she gets to cupcake number 30, she is in tears and has hardly enough energy to blow out the candle. This video is a flamboyant performance and a clever commentary on the inevitability and tragicomedy of the passage of time. In her work, Ward presents us with a world inhabited by masked characters, many disguised as icons of popular culture, in order to illustrate complex ideas and emotions.