Wednesday, May 03, 2000

Pig Gig: All Earth Mother wants is a little respect

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Every day through Oct. 31, the Enquirer is spotlighting a pig from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project, which begins May 14 in downtown Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Here's a look at:

[photo] The Respect Pig
(Enquirer photo)
        The Respect Pig

        Artist: Mary Ann Lederer, 58, painter, North Fairmont. This is one of three pigs the artist is doing.

        Sponsor: Susan's Natural World, Clifton Natural Foods, Amy's Natural Nutrition, Toomey Natural Foods, Cincinnati Natural Foods.

        This pig's pen: TBA

        You were inspired by: My belief that we need to be a lot kinder to the planet, to animals, that we're not doing a very good job. I'm not real happy with factory farming. If we want to end the violence in our society, we have to look at our diet.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: This is a very serious pig. I want people to respect animals, people and the earth. Animals are not ours to abuse.

        Completing the project took: Impossible to know. I have been in a wheelchair for 231/2 years. I work for an hour and then I lie down for an hour. I worked on this pig over a period of two or three weeks off and on.

        Swine over matter: Acrylics. Friends sanded and primed the pig for me.

        Your high on the hog was: When I come into the room in the morning and see it. If it takes my breath away, then I'm happy.

        Pig peeve: If I come in the room and it doesn't take my breath away, then I'm mad and want to repaint it.

        Best pig tale: I live in a very small apartment with a big pig in the middle. When people visit I say “My house is a pig pen.”

        My favorite pork dish: I'm a vegetarian.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? Fauvism. Impressionism, especially Monet.

        What do you call this pig: Earth Mother.

        The materials cost: I bought about $300 worth of paint. I didn't want to be stingy with paint. You only get to paint a pig once, well, three times since I'm doing three pigs.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? It's art. In fact, now that I've been painting on these round surfaces I don't want to go back to painting on flat canvas.

Complete details on the Big Pig Gig at

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