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Detail of exterior of the Tree of Life. The tiles on the outside of this structure are densely covered with Niki’s scrawls. Translated, they’re a timeline of a love affair, which
ends in heartbreak. With drawings and these words, Niki begins: “I would like to give you everything, my mouth, my money, my imagination, my breast, my time, my terrific cooking, my everything.” Many tiles later, she writes “What shall I do now that you’ve left me? Will I cry a million tears? Will I die? Will I take to drink? Take a trip? Will I consult the stars and a crystal ball on how to win you back? Will we stay friends?”

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