A Norwegian artist who boiled his own hip ‘on a whim’ and ate it with mashed potatoes and a glass of wine says the flesh tasted like ‘wild sheep’ and was like an ‘appetizer’ to him.
25-year old Alexander Selvik Wengshoel was born with a deformed hip that forced him to use a wheelchair. After a series of failed surgeries, he finally underwent a hip replacement surgery when he was 21, and managed to convince his doctors to let him keep his removed hip.
Wengshoel went on to display the hip and a film of the operation as part of his art graduation show from the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art … and the reaction was mixed.
‘Some like it, some understand, some hate it, some get really pissed off and start yelling at me “this is not art!”‘ he told The Local.
Wengshoel went on to explain that it wasn’t his plan to eat the hip:
I just wanted to use it in my art. I didn’t know at that time that I would boil it and eat it. But it just came really naturally.
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.’
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.
And then to the disgusting part:
… It wasn’t that much, it was not enough to get full, it was just an appetizer. … It had this flavour of wild sheep, if you take a sheep that goes in the mountains and eats mushrooms. It was goaty.
When The Local asked him if he was faking, he replied:
You can either believe it or not, that’s purely up to you. I am not here to convince anyone and say ‘yes, yes, I really did this.’ The story is the story.
Hope ENTmania! didn’t make anybody who is eating meat right now nauseous.
[Photo: Alexander Selvik Wengshoel]