cigar-tin story / art object / art tin / short story / art gift / literary gift / short fiction / “Letter 27”

$25.00

Letter 27

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 short story "Letter 27" –– a cavalry officer leading anti-partisan manoeuvres writes to his beloved from the wilderness

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

“The proper definition of a man is an animal that writes letters.”
― Lewis Carroll

“To be bitter is to attribute intent and personality to the formless, infinite, unchanging and unchangeable void. We drift on a chartless, resistless sea. Let us sing when we can, and forget the rest...”
― H.P. Lovecraft

“It is late now, I am a bit tired; the sky is irritated by stars. And I love you, I love you, I love you – and perhaps this is how the whole enormous world, shining all over, can be created – out of five vowels and three consonants.”
― Vladimir Nabokov, Letters to Vera

everything from my shop comes with an extra art surprise

ESCAPE THE DREAMING PLANET

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