IT sounds like a scene from Silence of the Lambs.
A Norwegian conceptual artist has described how he boiled his own hip bone, stripped off the meat and ate it with potato gratin and a glass of wine.
“I had to boil off the meat to get to the bone, and when I started scraping off the meat, I took off a little piece and I thought, ‘why not do it. It’s not every day I will have a piece of human flesh which is mine and which it is possible to eat’, so I had a little taste, and then I thought, ‘that’s really nice’,” Alexander Selvik Wengshoelsaid, according to The Local.
“I made myself dinner while my girlfriend was at work, and I just resolved to have this really nice moment, with me and my hipbone …
“It had this flavour of wild sheep, if you take a sheep that goes in the mountains and eats mushrooms. It was goaty.”
The 25-year-old was born without a functioning hip, and spent his childhood undergoing a series of failed operations.
When he was given a metal hip replacement at age 21, he convinced hospital doctors to let him film the operation and to take home the bone as an artistic souvenir.
The artist’s hip bone and operation footage form part of his graduation art project currently on display at the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art.
He said his project, which largely involved subjecting himself to extreme pain by piercing his flesh with hooks, was about testing the limits of his body.
Eating the hip was “cathartic” after years of suffering from hip bone pain.
“It’s nice to get people thinking about their own bodies, and their own view on their bodies, and what it’s possible to do with the body. I just work with my own body. That is my canvas,” he said.
“Previously I wasn’t given any choice by the doctors. I could neither say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Now I can take control myself and decide what I want to do with it.”