Thursday, July 27, 2000

Pig Parade: Pork-opulence


Artist lets porker hog her bric-a-brac

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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        This is 89th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles and event details at Cincinnati.com/bigpiggig

        Sarah Jane Bellamy's pig is a traffic stopper, and the people who stop spend a lot of time with the pig. It's covered with golden memories.

        “I want people to look at this pig and think "I can't stop looking at this. That object reminds me of the time when ... ' ” Ms. Bellamy says. The pig is covered with old gold jewelry, clocks, mirrors, name plates and bric-a-brac.

        Sarah Bellamy of Liberty Hill is an artist who specializes in found-object jewelry. She's also an art teacher at Sherwood Elementary School.

        Sponsor: Jim Allen for the Cincinnati Ballet.

        This pig's pen: Second and Scott streets at River Center, Covington.

        You were inspired by: The old folk art of making memory vessels.

        Completing the project took: Two weeks.

        What's the matter? Glue and lots of found objects.

        Your high on the hog was: The kids at school brainstormed names for the pig. Some of them were: “Goldie Hog,” “Guilt Trip,” “Pawn Piggy,” “Pork Knox,” “Boaried Treasure.” It was very inspiring.

        Pig peeve: Giving up every gold object in my studio and every gold object I own.

        What do you call this pig: Goldie.

        The materials cost: $400 for glue, $400 for gold objects at flea markets, priceless memories.

       



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