Wednesday, July 12, 2000

Pig Parade: Pigliacci

If pigs could sing, he'd be a tenor

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 74th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles at Click on the Big Pig Gig icon.

[photo] | ZOOM |
Artist: Lynn Judd, Loveland; Margaret Lewis, Indian Hill.

        Sponsor: Ted Silberstein and Jackie Mack.

        This pig's pen: Music Hall.

        You were inspired by: The opera I Pagliacci. “Our sponsor, Dr. Silberstein, is a great opera buff and gave us a lot of advice. He wanted it to have a harlequin costume and a white face, with a tear,” Ms. Lewis says.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: “About opera. I grew up in New York, and I went to the Metropolitan Opera when I was a child. Cincinnati's Opera doesn't have to take a back seat to anybody. It's first rate.”

        Completing the project took: Hard to say. We worked on it off and on for weeks.

        This pig is covered with: Acrylics.

        Your high on the hog was: “Working with Lynn Judd. I'm a portrait artist, and I've known her since I painted her portrait when she was 12. We had great fun. It was exhilarating.”

        Best pig tale: The pig has a white lace collar and cuffs and even white lace around the opening for the tail.

        My favorite pork dish: I like it all. Cincinnati ribs, I guess.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? Commeddia dell'arte.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? Definitely art. We've both been painters for a lot of years, and we invested a lot of experience in this.

        If your pig starred in a movie (or an opera), who would you cast to play the role? Luciano Pavarotti. He's got a generous figure like our pig.


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