24 December 2009


I've been making Otto Plath cookies for years now. It started by accident several years ago with some friends. This is my 2009 Otto Plath cookie sugar cookie. Notice the amputated left leg, with residual evidence of gangrene, represented by green sugar sprinkles. (It was at this point my wife stopped talking to me.) The surgeon (at 2 a.m.) was a little sloppy and didn't clean up all the blood (red sprinkles). Notice the cleft in the chin instead of the foot. Notice, too, the doubling here by the cookie and its shadow. The sun makes a model of him, "A man in black with a Meinkampf look / And a love of the rack and the screw." The cookie is on the cooling rack and it is screwed because I ate it just afterwards. And I loved it. Don't you give me that Meinkampf look!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, whatever you celebrate.


Annika said...

Happy Holidays Peter, hope you enjoyed your Otto-cookie, and that you have a Plath-filled year to come.

Peter K Steinberg said...

Annika, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you too! The Otto cookie was great.

Today I made a Max Nix cookie; 'painted' a yellow suit of icing on a cookie-person. Ate him too.


Kristina Zimbakova said...

HEY PETER,THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING, SO ARTSY! I am speechless. It made my day! Like it or not, I am going to promote this SERIOUS art instalation of yours, and promote this link as part of some of my electronic Christmas cards. And please, please, make sure you book a place with Kathleen for this installation at the display in Poets House in 2011. And the accompanying text is seminal, it is part of the artwork.

Hats off!


Sorlil said...

I'm still slightly in shock that you make Otto Plath cookies with amputated legs, lol!

Peter K Steinberg said...

Perhaps it is in poor taste, however I certianly hope that it is not offensive to anyone.


Sorlil said...

I wouldn't have thought so, sounds like you have a whole series of interesting cookies going on there!

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