cigar-tin story / art object / short story / art gift / literary gift / home decor / “Endings 86 to 91”


Endings 86, 87. 88, 89, 90 and 91

a cigar-tin story is a mixed media artwork –– an empty dessert cigar tin that has been repurposed as an art object, with an original painting on the cover and a short story inside

all paintings are original (by hand, painted directly on the primed tin), and all stories are my own (many have been published elsewhere, mostly in journals and literary magazines)

this cigar tin contains the endings of six different stories: 86 through 91, inclusive

such as this one:


She would not face it. In fact, she refused to believe in it at all. I cannot be deceiving myself about something that I have not even seen, she declared. And then, quoting some ancient stoic– Our life is what our thoughts make it. A distortion but hey. I will not see it, I will not think about it, or imagine it, and it will lose all meaning, she said. And she continued in this attitude right to the end, when it came for her all the same.

each ending is meant to stand on its own

some relevant quotations...

There are some dead who are more alive than the living.
~ Romain Rolland

How surely are the dead beyond death. Death is what the living carry with them. A state of dread, like some uncanny foretaste of a bitter memory. But the dead do not remember and nothingness is not a curse. Far from it.
~ Cormac McCarthy

Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back.
~ Marchus Aurelius

3.5 x 3.5 x .5 inches

the story is printed on a concertina booklet (card stock)

the idea and process:

• take a dessert cigar tin, paint an original picture on the cover, varnish it (to seal and protect it), then place an accordion booklet with an original story inside

• cigar-tin stories are intended as tchotchkes: to decorate bookshelves, end tables, mantles, desks, etc; they are one-of-a-kind curiosity items, a highly unique art object that is meant to draw the eye, be picked up, opened, handled

• tchotchke / pronounced chotch-kuh /
(also tsatske)
noun informal
1. a small object that is decorative rather than strictly functional; a trinket.
2. a pretty girl or woman
ORIGIN 1960’s, Yiddish

packaged in an attractive plastic sleeve, with labelling, for gift giving

everything from my shop comes with an extra art surprise

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