Endings 26, 29, 33 and 44
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 endings for four stories –– 26, 29, 33 and 44
as an example, here is Ending 26:
He had time to brood. The rejection letter stated that the main problem was ‘perhaps an issue of tone/register––a stylistic issue’. What did that mean? Then again, this same letter was littered with grammatical errors. Even his name was misspelled. Still, there was no denying the obvious: his work was too negative. Maybe he could write a happy story? Jesus. The idea depressed him immensely, not least because of the heavy research he’d have to do. Instead he went to go get a drink, or seven, and never found his writing desk again.
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 /
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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