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 enquirer.com. Click on the Big Pig Gig icon.
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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