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Endings 51, 55

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 cover), and all stories are my own (many have been published elsewhere, mostly in journals and literary magazines)

this cigar tin contains the flash fictions ““Endings 51, 55”

an excerpt, from “Ending 51”:

“I think you know exactly what I mean,” replied Mr. Badger. The mid-morning light from his single window was flat and grey, and the sky outside looked entirely unwholesome, like the opening scene of some disaster movie. Below sat the parking lot, and its rows and rows of dull, wet cars. “You’ve been playing these little tricks,” he continued. “The message on your answering machine is a series of clicks followed by static. The auto-reply on your email is the beginning of an out-of-the-office response, alright, but then it trails off into a random series of Japanese characters, with a winking emoji at the end. Your jacket is always on the back of your chair, your computer is always on, and your lunch is perpetually half-eaten in front of your keyboard. But you, Mr. Rabbit, are never there.”

please note: this particular container is commercial board instead of tin

these flash fiction endings are 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

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