Once again, I solicit your kind advice on my projects. I have these following items and wish to include them in a performance piece. I need your help developing a story-line:
- Chirpy’s feathers in a velvet cloth.
- Some of my baby teeth in a cute little pink box. (Thanks to my sister Deb for rescuing these from the moldy depths of the junk pile in my mother’s garage when we were selling her house.) Please note, though, for purposes of artistic integrity: it’s not a full set of teeth; just some. I have only Deb’s word that these are mine and not hers, having wiped all memories of my youth. Deb, to the contrary, claims we had an idyllic childhood.
- #30 adult tooth along with the dental abscess which triggered its removal. Huge though the abscess remains, even in its 1-year post-removal dehydrated state, I wonder why the damn cutter didn’t just take it out and leave me my tooth which is so useful for eating filberts. I rage against surgeons whose only answer is to cut. I suppose if you’re an elephant, everything looks like a dental surgeon to you. I told the hygienist that I was still in mourning for my unnecessarily removed tooth. She said I should get over it. She is heartless. The abscess is in one of those bug-collector jarsâ€¦all magnified from every side in its Zombie glory.
- Lovely amethyst-colored small glass apothecary jar full with tiny hairs I have pulled from my jaw line ever since I hit the age of decline–the long slope into hairy chins and wrinkles, death, liver spots, thinning hair, not to mention death .
- Tupperware boxes, sized to fit under a bed. 9 of same. Each with a dead cat of varying age. It’s hard to tell Forty from Manny at this stage (they were both all black and both have lost considerable weight since being boxed) but the rest have distinctive cute little faces. Please take into consideration that any use of these during a performance piece must ensure that they remain intact for future brooding and melancholiaâ€¦
- …or future performances.
- One uterine fibroid preserved in formaldehyde. About the size of a tangerine.
- One (almost complete) Phyllodes tumor preserved in formaldehyde. About the size of a walnut. Several slices have been removed for diagnostic purposes. Nevertheless, it retains an elegant, shimmery and somewhat rubbery appeal. Attendant â€œnegative margin tissueâ€ is not available for performance purposes. It was donated to research.
- Grandma’s fur coat.
- Mother’s fur coat.
- 400 naked Barbie knockoffs (the Dollar Store kind.)
What is the story arc here? How do you see the show unfolding? What sort of costume shall I wear? You don’t think this show will close after one night, do you?