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  • The mind is tricky. The mind marries things, without ceremony. More by stealth than by lightbulb. Working on a project, two seemingly unrelated things come together. By chance, we might call it art. It might spook us. ("What was I thinking?")

    But, best of all, we were not thinking. We were doing. We were getting out of the way of our inner chatter and were letting our art hand lead the way.

    I was researching the nuclear bomb tests in the Southwest of the United States, and I was looking at pictures of and remembering small wildlife I had seen there on hikes and research trips. And I was looking back at some Picasso books I had, looking at some of his paintings.

    Then the mutants appeared in my sketchbook.

    A malign jackrabbit wearing a dress fashioned just like the one in the Picasso painting, "Portrait of Dora Maar," (Paris, October 9, 1942).

    I had seen the painting in Nevada, in Las Vegas, at the Bellagio Gallery.

    The red and green dress with its lace and its womanly bosom had lodged somewhere in my cranium art lobes. And so had that furry Jack.

    My hand married them in----holy shit what the hell is that?!----yeah. My little Dora Rabbit.

    Hopping out in the half-life of the nuclear waste, wearing a pleasant up-to-date frock.

    The hourglass figure loping down the One Minute To Midnight Runway.
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